Zambia U-23 national team striker, Fashion Sakala, has been ruled out of the ongoing U-23 AFCON tournament due to injury.
Sakala suffered a knee injury following a collision with teammate Patson Daka two minutes into the 3-1 loss to defending Champions, Nigeria.
"I was not expecting this, but you know this is life, and I understand that our plan is not God's plan. I came with a lot of confidence that maybe I will help the team qualify to the next round, I hope and play the team qualify to the next round," Sakala told Futaa Zambia from Egypt.
In his absence, Edward Chilufya and Lameck Banda are expected to battle it out for his place, but that depends on how they convince Coach Beston Chambeshi
Zambia will face Cote d' Ivoire on Friday, November 15, in a must-win game as they look to fight for a place in the semifinals.