Zambianfootball is claiming that midfielder Stopilla Sunzu, who currently plays for Congolese side TP Mazembe, has been excused from the next Zambian friendly against Tanzania on December 22nd as he is set to head to Arsenal this week.
The 23 year old, who they claim is currently waiting for his UK visa to come through, is also waiting on other paperwork to be completed before heading to London.
They quote an unnamed source as saying
Yes it’s true Sunzu is going to Arsenal but he hasn’t left. He went back to Lubumbashi.
The same unnamed source also said
Yes, It’s true, the boss [Katumbi] told every one that Sunzu will be going to England that was the last game he has featured for the team.
Needless to say I know absolutely nothing about this player who they claim is ‘highly rated.’ The news about Sunzu, who can play as a centreback and holding midfielder, generated a number of comments on the website, most of which were praising the player highly. He has 21 goals from his 53 appearances for the club which is an unbelievably impressive record for such a defensive player. The has been capped 32 times by Zambia and scored the winning penalty for his country in the 2012 African Cup of Nations and had trials with Reading when he was 19 however work permit problems stopped that move from happening.
I am always very dubious about reports like this but upon reading it they do seem quite confident. That being said, they wouldn’t be the first website to be confident about a load of bull.
This quote from the player was taken from the Official Zambia FA website
“I will be travelling to England to sign a deal with Arsenal after the friendly game against Tanzania. As we speak, Mr Katumbi’s personal consultant Salomon Eskadela is here in Zambia waiting to travel with me to England.
“I don’t know the details of the deal yet because I have not discussed with both Arsenal and TP Mazembe. However I spoke to both Mr Katumbi and Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger who assured me that I would not be going to London for trials but to discuss personal terms and possibly sign a contract.”
Hattip to @OsmanZtheGooner for finding this
And I’ve just been sent this from @Ceejay2 from his local paper in Zambia