ZAMBIA towering defender Stopilla Sunzu and midfielder Nathan Sinkala have joined struggling French Ligue1 side FC Sochaux.
The move will see the two players re-uniting with former Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard and striker Emmanuel Mayuka, who is on loan from English Premiership side Southampton.
Sunzu and Sinkala played a crucial role in Zambia’s triumph at the 2012 Africa Cup making Renard the first Chipolopolo coach to bring the trophy to Lusaka.
Sochaux, have agreed to one million euro three-year deal for Sunzu while Sinkala has been given a six-month loan deal with an option of a permanent purchase.
Prior to the move to France, the two players were campaigning at Democratic Republic of Congo side TP Mazembe.
According to Sochaux official website, Sunzu and Sinkala are expected in France this weekend.
Renard was also eying influential midfielder Rainford Kalaba but failed to convince the former Afrisports player to leave TP Mazembe.
Renard has taken advantage of the transfer window to sign Ghana midfielder Jordan Ayew on loan.
Jordan, who featured for another French side Olympique Marseille, is the son of African football legend Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew.
Renard has recorded only one league win since arriving at Sochaux and is hoping the new signings will revive the fortunes of the struggling side.
The club website stated that the departure of defender Sebastien Corchia for greener pastures gives Sunzu an advantage to be the main man in Sochaux’s central defence.
Zambia Daily Mail