Kola Withdraws from South Korea Friendly.
Zambia striker Rodgers Kola
Zambia striker Rodgers Kola of KAA Gent in Belgium has withdrawn from Wednesday’s friendly against South Korea due to injury.
Football Association of Zambia vice president Boniface Mwamelo said from Seoul on Monday that Gent had request Kola be excused at the last minute on precautionary grounds.
Kola recently recovered from a foot injury that has kept him out of action over the last fortnight.
Meanwhile, the team was joined on Sunday by the five players from the South Africa PSL.
“The new arrivals are Chintu Kampamba, Joseph Musonda, Noah Chivuta, Kennedy Mweene and Davies Nkausu. This means we have 13 players in camp," Mwamelo said.
He said coach Herve Renard was awaiting his European, Angolan based players including the China-based trio of Isaac Chansa, Christopher Katongo and James Chamanga who were all expected in Seoul on Monday.
"The three China based players have left Hong Kong and are airborne," Mwamelo said.
"Emmanuel Mayuka (Young Boys in Switzerland and Emmanuel Mbola (FC Porto in Portugal) will fly in tomorrow morning while Felix Katongo completes the squad at 14:30 hours tomorrow."
Kola is the second player to pullout of the friendly. He joins Jacob Mulenga of Dutch side FC Utrecht who pulled out due to a family emergency back home in Zambia.