Bernard Muwanga of Uganda challenged by Alex Ngonga of Zambia during the 2018 CHAN football game between Zambia and Uganda at the Grand Stadium in Marrakech, Morocco on 14 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Friday Jan 26, 2018. 11:30
News coming through from the Zambian national team camp is that striker Alex Ng’onga is doubtful for the quarterfinal clash of the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship tournament on Saturday.
Chipolopolo will face Sudan in the Last Eight.
The striker suffered a muscle sprain during Zambia’s opening group B match against the Cranes of Uganda in their 3-1 win.
According to team doctor Mwila Lupashi, he believes Ng’onga needs more time to shake off the injury and will not be rushed into training as it may aggravate his injury.
“Alex is still recuperating from the injury that he sustained, it will take a bit of time because the type of injury that he has we have to be careful even making him train,” Lupashi told FAZFootball.com.
“We had a few injuries when we played against Namibia. They are just usual knocks as happens in football.
“I can safely say that all the players who had those knocks have recuperated except for Kondwani Mtonga as you saw I was training with him.
“It was a precautionary light training for him but otherwise he is generally okay.”
Meanwhile, coach Wedson Nyirenda is relived as Power Dynamos midfielder Godfrey Ngwenya has returned to full team training after missing all of Chipolopolo’s group games.
“Like I said two days ago, he (Ngwenya) has made tremendous recovery so today I wanted him to do full training with the rest of the players and so far so good he has done very well. I just hope that he is going to be considered for the next game against Sudan," said the coach.