FOREST Rangers skipper Gift Sakuwaha has ditched the Ndola outfit for Democratic Republic of Congo side FC Lupopo.
Sakuwaha, who joined Forest in January from Zesco United, trekked to Lubumbashi three weeks ago with team-mate Lighton Kasolota.
Sakuwaha confirmed his move to Lupopo in an interview from Lubumbashi yesterday.
“Yes, I am in Congo with Lupopo, but I will give details of the deal once everything is finalised,” said Sakuwaha, who had stints at Green Buffaloes and Nchanga Rangers.
The former under-20 national team defender’s departure is a blow to coach Kaunda Simonda, who lost a number of influential players during the mid-season break.
Forwards Walter Bwalya, Freddy Tshimenga and midfielder Diego Apanane are among players who left the club during the mid-season transfer window.
Forest are perched fifth from bottom with 23 points.
And according to a source familiar with the two players’ move, the players joined Lupopo three weeks ago and were part of the team when it recently competed at a tournament in Kinshasa.
“Gift and Lighton left together for Lupopo and their absence has affected us,” a said.
Lupopo spotted Sakuwaha when Nchanga Rangers played the Lubumbashi-based side in CAF Confederation Cup in 2011.
Kasolota had a stint at Super Division side Power Dynamos in 2012.
The two central defenders formed a formidable partnership at Forest in the first round of the season.