By Punch Chama
Zesco United are in a bit of trouble in this weekends CAF Champions League Group D away match against Mbabane Swallows after its been made known that the team left behind four players in Kenyan International striker Jackson Were, Burundian Goalkeeper Dioudionne Nthibahezwa, Congolese Defender Marcel Kalonda and Burundian midfielder Enock Sabamukama.
The players who were selected in the final travelling squad were left behind due to visa issues and are said to have since been replaced by young Zambian goalkeeper Samson Banda, winger Davy Daka, Daudi Musekwa and Winstone Kalengo.
Zesco United are also without Kenyan International defender David Owino who is out injured as they meet Mbabane Swallows in Eswatini on Saturday at 15:00 in a must win match for the Zambian Giants.
In a statement, ZESCO writes;
17 August, 2018
ZESCO UNITED FC PLAYERS DENIED BOARDING SA FLIGHT
ZESCO United football Club wishes to advice that four (4) players were denied boarding the South African Airways flight at Simon Mwansa Airport yesterday, Thursday, 16th August 2018 due to Visa problems.
The players denied entry were:
1. Jesse Jackson Were
2. Enock Sabumukama
3. Dieudonne Ntibahezwa
4. Marcel Kasongo Kalonda
However, Davie Daka, Wingstone Kalengo, Samson Banda and Edward Tembo have since replaced the four and have joined the team in camp.
The four players were part of the team that was selected to travel to Manzini eSwatini Kingdom in the return leg of the Group D of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) against Mbabane Swallows scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, 18th August 2018 at 15:00hours.
During the 2018 pre-season training period in South Africa, the four players were declared prohibited immigrates by the immigration authorities due to the two extra days the team spent in that country. ZUFC, however, appealed the decision on arrival to relevant authorities and we are yet to be advised on the outcome. Since the game will be played in eSwatini, and not in South Africa, the issue of the Visa did not arise when making travel arrangements.
ZUFC is therefore, engaging the mission in South Africa to ensure that travel arrangements for future engagements are not affected.
Richard Mulenga- Club CEO