Sunzu’s Reading move blocked by TP Mazembe

Zambia defender Stoppila Sunzu is at loggerheads with his club TP Mazembe as the player looks for a resolution in his quest to join Reading.

The centre-back who recently spent a four day training spell at the Premier League club, looked set to join the club after the African Cup of Nations in South Africa.

It emerged after he re-joined the Zambia squad on Friday, that a fee might not be required for his services with his contract at his parent club reportedly coming to an end.

This has been denied by TP Mazembe who believe the highly rated 23-year old, who has recently been linked to Arsenal, is under contract until 2015.

Zunzu’s representative Paul Carew stated in an interview with Sky Sports:

“Stoppila is upset that things are dragging on. He signed a three year contract with TP Mazembe and now that it is up he wants to move on,”

“Mazembe are refusing to give Sunzu his playing contract which he has requested in writing, which will prove that he is a free agent.

“We have asked for help from FIFA and the English FA to solve this problem but whatever happens Sunzu will not be returning to Mazembe”