LUSAKA, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) on Tuesday sought the intervention of the world soccer governing body FIFA in the release of top striker Jacob Mulenga by his Dutch side FC Utrecht for a crucial World Cup qualifier against Ghana on Friday.
FC Utrecht claimed the striker got injured last Friday during training and is currently nursing a hamstrings injury. The club has not released him to report for his international duty.
But FAZ charged that this is disregarding their position and legal right to have the player travel and be assessed by national soccer team doctors.
"The Football Association of Zambia is going to seek FIFA's urgent intervention over the release of F Utrecht striker Jacob Mulenga who until now is still being held by his club and not yet released for Zambia's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Ghana on Friday," a statement released to Zambiafootball.co.zm. said.
Mulenga is one of the key strikers coach Herve Renard has called following the injury to another top striker Collins Mbesuma. He has so far scored three goals in World Cup qualifier games against Lesotho and Sudan.
Zambia needs to win the game in Ghana in order to advance to the final rounds of qualifications. Ghana leads Group D on 12 points while Zambia has 11. Lesotho and Sudan have already been eliminated.