23 February 2013

Zambia: We Didn't Sanction Mulenga's Trip to SA-Power

POWER Dynamos have distanced themselves from Mukuka Mulenga's trip to South Africa where he went to attend trials with South Africa ABSA Premier Soccer League side Mamelodi Sundowns.

Club chairperson Owen Silavwe said Mulenga's trip to South Africa did not have the blessings of the executive committee.

Power are believed to have forced Mulenga back to Zambia after the players' secret mission to Sundowns. The 19-year-old midfielder quietly sneaked out to Pretoria on Monday but was forced to fly back 24 hours later.

"Unfortunately his agent didn't do things according to procedure. We have actually spoken to the agent as well as Sundowns and we have agreed that in future, things should be done properly," Silavwe told MTNfootball.

Sundowns have been in hot pursuit of the teenage Zambia midfielder who made his Chipolopolo debut last November in the 2012 Nelson Mandela Challenge in a 1-0 win over Bafana Bafana.

"Obviously there is a lot of competition for Mukuka and no one should make an assumption that Mukuka was available," Silavwe said.

"The agent thought Mukuka just needed an initial contact with Sundowns, not that there is anything serious at the moment, but at the moment nothing has been agreed. They (Sundowns) just thought they needed that initial contact," he added.

However, Mukuka's agent Chiti Chitundu insists he followed procedure and described the visit as informal.

"The player went (to Sundowns) and came back on Tuesday but it is not like he missed any game," Chitundu said.

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