Sinkala out of African Nations Cup finals

January 4, 2008

Zambia midfielder Andrew Sinkala has withdrawn from African Nations Cup finals after being hospitalised with a chest infection, the Football Association of Zambia said.

There is also doubt about the availability of the country's other German-based player, defender Moses Sichone, who is recovering from a rib injury and failed to join Zambia's pre-tournament preparations in Spain.

Sinkala is from second division SC Paderborn while Sichone plays at Kickers Offenbach.

Zambia met Tunisia in a friendly at Rades on Sunday before deciding on their 23-man squad for the Nations Cup finals in Ghana.

Zambia play in Group C at the tournament with Cameroon, Egypt and Sudan, who they meet in their opening match in Kumasi on Jan. 22.