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Sunzu back amid transfer saga

The row between TP Mazembe and Chipolopolo defender Stoppila Sunzu’s agent has caused problems for the player as he looks to sign for English Premiership side Reading.

Sunzu has since returned from England where he was invited by his agent without signing for Reading, as his agent Paul Carew has been claiming that Sunzu is a free agent while TP Mazembe insist he still has a contract with the club until June 2015.

The defender is currently back with the team in DRC and his future will now have to be decided by Mazembe owner Moise Ktumbi. The sources in DRC suggested that now Katumbi will hold talks with Sunzu and his manager to try and solve the problem.

The source added that the meeting will also be attended by Sunzu’s father, just to make sure things go smoothly for the defender who scored the winning goal in 2012 when Zambia won the Africa Cup of Nations title on penalties against Ivory Coast.

After arriving from England, Supersport.com caught up with Sunzu who refused to talk much on the deal. He said he came back home just to visit and there is nothing he can say concerning his move to Reading.

“This is just a private visit. I don’t even want people to know that I’m here. It went well (in England) but I can’t talk about that. I will leave tomorrow, I will be meeting with the president of the club and that’s when we can talk about other things, but for now I am just here on a home visit” Sunzu said.

The source added that Carew is also expected to fly into Lubumbashi to try to convince Katumbi to let go of the player.

The sources said Sunzu’s handlers, led by Carew, wanted to sell the player at an estimated fee of GBP4 million as a free agent and this angered Katumbi, who accused Carew of misleading Sunzu and TP Mazembe.


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