Sochaux keep Zesco guessing on Mtonga

Chipolopolo midfielder Khondwani Mtonga

FRENCH Ligue 1 side, FC Sochaux has kept Zesco United guessing on their interest in Chipolopolo midfielder, Kondwani Mtonga, after being silent for three weeks.

Zesco gave Sochaux their conditions before releasing Mtonga, but there has been no response for three weeks from the club now under the tutelage of former Zambia coach, Herve Renard.

Club media and public relations officer, Katebe Chengo said Zesco were happy that Mtonga had attracted interest from a European club despite the fact that no deal had been agreed between the two parties yet.

Chengo said in a statement yesterday that Zesco and Sochaux were yet to negotiate a deal on the lanky defensive midfielder.

“Zesco United is happy that we have a player being identified by a European club. But we want to appeal to our fans and stakeholders to wait for official correspondence from the club and to note that it is just interest the Herve Renard led side showed. We have not sat down with them to negotiate a deal,” she said as she dispelled rumours on the transfer of Mtonga.

Chengo said Mtonga was currently with the national team in Kenya participating in the 2013 GOtv Confederation of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup.

Striker, Emmanuel Mayuka is another Chipolopolo player on the books of Sochaux.

Meanwhile, after a season of ups and downs before subsequently securing a 2014 CAF Confederation Cup place, Zesco has given its players and technical bench a two-week break before regrouping to begin preparations.

Club team manager, Mabvuto Banda said Zesco decided to give the team some time to rest and be with their families before resuming work on December 18.

Banda said the Tenant Chembo-headed technical bench had also identified some players from other clubs who they hope to fuse into the squad before the commencement of the continental games and the 2014 MTN Premier Division League.

“We are in talks with some players hoping things materialise and we are also looking at a number of players that we may lay off or send out on loan,” he said on the club website.

Zesco finished second at 57 points two behind league winners Nkana.

SOURCE: Times of Zambia