Stoppila Sunzu

Stoppila Sunzu

Date of birth: Jun 22, 1989
Place of birth: Chingola Zambia
Height: 1,92 m
Citizenship: Zambia Zambia
Position: Defender – Centre-Back
Foot: Right

Stoppila Sunzu whose also known as Stophira Sunzu, is a Zambian professional footballer who plays as a centre-back, he scored the winning penalty kick for Zambia in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Final.

He was born in Chingola and is the younger brother of Felix Sunzu and the son of Felix Sunzu Sr, a goalkeeper who was originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He began his career with Afrisports of Kitwe, he was discovered at a U-16 tournament in Chambeshi, Zambia and he was referred to Afrisports. Then joined Konkola Blades under a loan arrangement. after representing Zambia at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, the 19-year-old was invited for trials at the English side Reading.

The Championship side was keen on securing him on a longer deal but due to work permit problems the move did not materialize. He signed a loan contract for Châteauroux in September 2008 and after the end of the season on 30 June 2009 returned to Zanaco FC.

In 2010, Sunzu transferred to TP Mazembe of Democratic Republic of Congo. His registration to Zanaco was a loan from Afrisports and there was some initial dispute regarding his move to TP Mazembe but it was eventually resolved. With Mazembe, he won domestic titles as well as the 2010 CAF Champions League.

He was sent off in the club’s opening 2010 FIFA Club World Cup game, In November 2012, he was shortlisted for the 2012 Africa-based Player of the Year award. In January 2013, he trained with Reading in the English Premier League with a view to being offered a contract.

He returned to the 2013 African Cup of Nations without any contract being signed, Sunzu came to Reading on the premise of being a free agent, with his three-year contract expiring in December 2012. Moses Katumbi, president of TP Mazembe, accused Sunzu’s handlers of lying to Reading about his contract stating that it does not expire until 2015.

On 6 January 2014, Sunzu joined French Ligue 1 club Sochaux-Montbéliard along with his teammate Nathan Sinkala. He scored important goals but could not prevent the relegation of the French side to Ligue 2.

On 29 December 2014, Sunzu transferred to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua. He made his debut and scored his first goal for Shanghai Greenland Shenhua on 8 March 2015, in a 6–2 victory against city rivals Shanghai Shenxin. 

Sunzu was loaned to Lille for one year on 28 July 2015, In his first season there, he made 16 appearances scoring twice. On 10 July 2016, he joined Lille permanently on a three-year contract, for an undisclosed fee.

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