14 January 2013

Zambia: Sunzu Leaves for England

CHIPOLOPOLO defender Stoppila Sunzu is expected to arrive in England today to undergo physical and medical tests before sealing his pending transfer to English Premier League side Reading from TP Mazembe of DR Congo.

Mazembe president, Moses Katumbi, told the team's official website yesterday that Sunzu sent him a message on Saturday to thank management and the technical staff at the Lubumbashi-based outfit.

"Indeed, Sunzu is heading to Reading for tests after the agreement by TP Mazembe and the Zambia Federation. He just sent us a message in which he thanked the club," Katumbi said.

The towering 23-year-old Sunzu left Ndola's Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport yesterday for South Africa with Chipolopolo and was scheduled to connect to England from Johannesburg.

Sunzu, whose contract at Mazembe ends in 2015, is expected to join Chipolopolo in Nelspruit on Friday, three days before the African champions play Ethiopia in an Orange 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Group C match at Mbombela Stadium.

The former Afrisport player, who joined Mazembe in 2009, was one of Zambia's best performers on Saturday when Chipolopolo drew goalless with Norway in a friendly match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Reading, popularly known as 'The Royals' because of the team's location in the Royal County of Berkshire, defeated West Brom Albion 3-2 at Madejski Stadium on Saturday to surge to 16 points from 22 matches.

The Brian McDermott-coached Reading, who won the Championship League title during the 2011-12 season, are placed 19th in the 20-team English Premier League.

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