Zambia Reports (Lusaka)

Zambia: Mazembe Boss Warns Paul Carew Out of Sunzu Deal

TP Mazembe president Moise Matumbi has warned FIFA agent, Paul Carew, to stay out of Chipolopolo defender Stophilla Sunzu's imminent move to England.

This, according to the TP Mazembe website, follows attempts by Carew to swindle the Democratic Republic of Congo giants and Sunzu out of a US $5million rich move to Reading.

Carew allegedly planted stories in the UK media purporting that Sunzu was a free agent after the expiry of his contract with Mazembe in December 2012 and that the club was holding the player against his will.

Katumbi, who did not name the agent on the website, said Reading were induced into believing that Sunzu was out of contract so that Carew could allegedly benefit huge portions of the transfer deal.

The Katanga governor said Carew had been asked to have no dealings with Sunzu whose term at Mazembe expires in 2015.

Katumbi said he would in no way stand in Sunzu's passage for a lucrative deal in Europe but would, at the same time, not allow any folked finger to take advantage of the player's prospects of realizing his dream in England.

"We have no intentions of holding Sunzu because if we did, he would not have gone for medicals in England," Katumbi said.

Katumbi said both the Zambian Football Association and the Congolese Football Federation were aware that Sunzu was contracted to Mazembe until 2015.

"That agent, we have asked him to stay away from the negotiations so that Mazembe and Reading can satisfy their own conditions," he said.

Sunzu, according to the TP Mazembe website, has also distanced himself from reports that he was not contracted to the Congolese club as claimed by Carew.

A television crew comprising Eddy Kabelu and Heir Yindula, currently at the Afcon, had an interview with Sunzu for Katanga-based Nyota TV in which the player has vehemently denied reports that he is out of contract with Mazemble.

Last week, Carew told Sky Sports television that Sunzu's move to Reading would be derailed because of a contractual issue that has emerged with Mazembe who were allegedly claiming the player when his stay in Lubumbashi expired in 2012. This prompted the response from Katumbi.

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