Injury Woes for Chipolopolo Boys Ahead of World Cup Qualifiers
In a concerning turn of events for Zambia’s Chipolopolo boys, the team faces additional injury challenges ahead of their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Congo Brazzaville. National team coach Avram Grant revealed that Lubambo Musonda, Kelvin Kampamba, and Evans Kangwa are grappling with injuries sustained at their respective clubs, making them doubtful for the upcoming match.
Already dealing with the absence of Frankie Musonda due to injury and Thandie Mwape, who is yet to secure a club after leaving TP Mazembe, the team’s roster is under strain. The injuries to key players may necessitate alternative players to step up and fill the void left by the unavailable ones.
Lubambo Musonda, despite delivering a standout performance for Silkeborg IF with a full 90-minute match recently, picked up an injury. Evans Kangwa, who last played for Qingdao Hainiu in an FA Cup tie on October 7th, is also contending with fitness concerns.
The team is scheduled to commence its first training session in Ndola, with the hope that some players would have reported for camp ahead of the crucial match at Levy Mwanawansa Stadium on Friday.
A positive outcome in the match against Congo Brazzaville would not only boost the team’s confidence but also position the Chipolopolo boys favorably as they aspire to secure a spot in the World Cup—a significant milestone for Zambian men’s football at the senior level.