Coach Simukonda hospitalised

Fighton Simukond, assistant coach for the 2015 COSAFA Senior Challenge Cup
Fighton Simukonda,

Nchanga Rangers coach Fighton Simukonda has been admitted to hospital in Chingola.

According to his wife Vivian, the Zambia Under-23 coach was admitted to Nchanga Mine Hospital in Chingola over the weekend because of diabetes.

“He was admitted on Saturday with diabetes,” said Vivian.

The development comes just a week after Simukonda returned from the 2015 Caf Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal with the Zambia Under-23 team where the side was eliminated in the group stages.

This is after losing all their three preliminary round games when they went down 2-1 to Tunisia in that opening Group A game in Dakar before squandering a 1-0 halftime lead in their penultimate game against bronze medal winners South Africa to suffer a 3-2 defeat.

Hosts Senegal later beat Zambia 2-0 on their way back to Lusaka.

Simukonda’s future was then thrown into doubt with press reports that he had been fired just after Zambia’s exit from the tournament that came to an end on December 12 in Dakar.

However, the Football Association of Zambia refuted the story, insisting Simukonda was still the under-23 coach and was also still on the Chipolopolo bench as first assistant to George Lwandamina.