From all indications the Chipolopolo of Zambia are worried over the match fitness of stopper Stopilla Sunzu as he is struggling to get games at French Ligue 1 side Lille ahead of their Sunday clash with Nigeria.
27 year old Sunzu, who scored the vital kick that helped Zambia lift the 2013 AFCON has played just 2 games out of a possible 8 for Lille in Ligue 1, with a combined minute of 65.
As a matter of fact, he has played just 17 games in over a year since joining the French side from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua where he played 13 times.
At Lille, the man who is highly regarded as Zambia’s finest defender has a total of 14 first team appearances for and three for the B side who are playing in the second division in France.
This season he has played in the games against Lorient and Dijon and, on both occasions he was a substitute for the team that has former Nigeria captain Vincent Enyeama.
Despite his lack of game time, he is still the man Zambians are hoping will stop the deadly strikeforce of the Nigeria senior national team when both teams clash on Sunday.