Rangers sweating over the availability of Fashion Sakala later this month with Zambia set for an AFCON reprieve.
The Gers star’s nation failed to make it to the tournament after finishing second in their qualifying group.
However, Zimbabwe, who pipped them to top spot, are now apparently facing expulsion from Africa’s international competition due to governing issues.
Their government are currently running the game in the country rather than the FA, and FIFA threatened a ban should that situation not be resolved.
The January 3 deadline they set has now passed and Zimbabwe face being chucked out.
Zambia would, in theory, be their replacements having been runners-up in their gro
Sidney Mungala, the Zambian FA’s media officer, told BBC Sport Africa: “We have followed keenly the development in Zimbabwe and have always remained open to being part of the Nations Cup if Zimbabwe is banned.
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“Given the length of the time, before the tournament kicks off, we would have hoped that this matter wo
“It would definitely present a challenge but we believe the CAF/FIFA regulations would be able to help us should the situation arise where we become part of the Nations Cup.
“Additionally, we believe our players would relish the opportunity to represent their country at the continent’s biggest showpiece.”