Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda is bemoaning the likely loss of his star striker Patson Daka ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier clash against Nigeria on Saturday.
The Super Green Eagles will host the Chipolopolos in a battle which would ultimately decide who goes out for the top spot in Group B and Chipolopolo could be without Daka who is nursing a knock.
Reports reveal that Daka sustained a minor injury while in action in the Austrian League on Sunday with RB Salzburg in their 2 -1 home win over AC Wolfsberger.
Acording to FAZ spokesperson Desmond Katongo, Daka will miss Zambia’s three-day training camp in Ghana as a result of that injury while he is receiving treatment in Austria.
“Daka will meet up with the team in Nigeria from his base in Austria,” Katongo said.
“The reason why he is connecting later is that he picked up a minor injury and his club’s medical team wanted to do a thorough assessment of the injury.”
Meanwhile, Zambia is already without striker Brian Mwila as he failed to recover from a knee injury he sustained on September 2 in Chipolopolo’s 3-1 win over Algeria.
Nigeria were able to beat the Zambians in Lusaka in the first leg but the recent renaissance of the Chipolopolo Stars should be a matter of concern to the Super Eagles.
Chipolopolo will leave Ghana for Nigeria on Wednesday and will meet Gernot Rohr’s side in Uyo at 16:00 (GMT) on Saturday.