[By Bright Tembo]
ZAMBIA national handball team captain Bernard Mulenga faces a life ban from the sport after receiving a blue card in the All Africa Games held in Morocco.
Mulenga was given a red and a blue card during the game against Ghana after he committed a foul on a Ghanaian player who later collapsed.
He is currently serving a three-month ban and needs to pay K45,000 to avoid the life ban.
“I got a red card and blue card during the games in Morocco. This meant that I was banned for three months from taking part in any international match and fined a K45,000. Failure to pay I will be banned for life and it is only days remaining before the deadline,” he said.
Mulenga adds that sports stakeholders are aware of the situation but no action is taking place.
“When we came back from the games I am not too sure if my federation talked to the Ministry of Sports because the NOCZ president was not even aware of my situation and they will have a postmortem of the games and my issue will be tabled and I’m still waiting, “he said.
Mulenga said the three-month suspension has affected him both as a player and captain.
“I’m really affected emotionally and even training has become an issue because handball is my life and I love the sport so much that I can’t live without it. So I am just appealing to the Ministry of Sports to help me pay the fine so that I can go back on the court,” appealed Mulenga.