Sunzu Finally Leaves TP Mazembe, Eyes Europe Move


CHIPOLOPOLO defender Stopilla Sunzu has finally decided to leave his DR Congo side, TP Mazembe for Europe after initially resisting the glamour and money of the European leagues.

The defensive midfielder said in an interview that he would be leaving former African champions TP Mazembe, who were eliminated in the semi-finals of the Confederation of Africa (CAF) Champions League.

Without naming his exact destination in Europe, Sunzu hinted on England as being his preferred stop, saying he would first need to look at other offers before coming up with the final decision.

Sunzu said he preferred to serve TP Mazembe soon after winning the Africa Cup of Nations co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea early this year because of the respect he had for club proprietor, Moses Katumbi.

“After we won the Africa Cup of Nations in February this year, I was asked by TP Mazembe to stay on with the club until the end of the CAF Champions League campaign and because I understand and respect the club boss Moses Katumbi so much, I agreed to stay on.

“But now the Champions League is over and too bad we didn’t win it, I will now have to move on in my career. As you know, there are hundreds of players who have come this far and not moved a step further, I have that opportunity and I am willing to take the chance, and I am taking it now,” he said.

Sunzu has enjoyed a quick rise to the top winning the local Congolese League and CAF Champions League title with TP Mazembe before helping the Chipolopolo to win the Africa Cup of Nations including winning several man-of the-match awards at his club and country in big games.

When asked if England was the best of destination for him and not to other less demanding leagues, Sunzu started by ruling out France saying he had been there before and ‘the environment there is not good for me, I know what I’m saying but I won’t go back to France”

“I have spoken to a club in England and it may suffice but I may wait for the Africa Cup before I commit myself. We have several African players from Nigeria and Cameroun among others in England but why can`t we Zambians playing there?” he asked.

Sunzu spent the 2008-09 season on a one-year loan at French Ligue-One side FC Chatterroux where he was injured and remained secretly unhappy about the stint there before he returned to play for Zambia at the 2010 Africa Cup and later joined TP Mazembe.

Sunzu said that ultimately, he would like to play for European champions Chelsea but he would not rush but start with a smaller club before eventually breaking into the bigger clubs where he expressed optimism he would one day get to play in.

“I believe in myself and I’m confident I can do it. I have always been a confident person in my career so even this time, I will be going into the Africa Cup and then Europe very confident and Zambia will see me make it,” he said.

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36 Responses to Sunzu Finally Leaves TP Mazembe, Eyes Europe Move

  1. The one

    November 29, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Go for it man. Uv worked for it

  2. Jorris

    November 29, 2012 at 7:33 am

    The big centre back sunzu seleniko babombeko mu europe……..


    November 29, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Good lucky all the best

    • LUCKY ME

      November 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      I thought only uneducated Zedians says “good lucky” the rest of the world says GOOD LUCK!

  4. beaqui

    November 29, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Sunzu you are a man of the moment and I know u can’t fail to break into epl.what u have said is exactly what we know u are capable just apply yourself now before you grow old.make money now and prepare for yo future.

  5. P3T3R

    November 29, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Stopila once my compound-mate and good young friend.Remember the dreams we had in 1992-1996 Ku E compund (Chililabombwe) this is now the time.All the best mwana. come to EPL so that we meet again.

    • Luapula Bize

      November 29, 2012 at 11:03 am

      What is your friends real age P3T3R? According to media reports, sUNZU is 23 years old…then you say you had dreams together in 1992; when sunzu was not yet to be born?

      • Luapula Bize

        November 29, 2012 at 11:05 am

        …ment to say when Sunzu was not yet born??

        • mj

          November 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm

          Naimwe ba Luapula,
          Someone who is 23 was born in 1989 and P3T3R says 1992 – 1996 ku E compound. What makes you think this does not make sense? After all most of us on the copperbelt started playing ichimpombwa at 5 to 6 years.

          • Luapula Bize

            November 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm

            kekeke! iye ba mj. Seriously, can a toddler at three years old sit down with colleagues and discuss future dreams? If he was born in 1989 as you claim then he mst have been 3 in 1992. Lets reason maturely naimwe!


    November 29, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Good move mr stopira now that you are experienced i know you will make it and shine just like you always do

  7. SATA

    November 29, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Peter why did u stop football remember Stopilla was usually on the bench when u are u are madala 27 years

  8. Sunzu the tool

    November 29, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Go for it man, ur confidence on the field is what makes u what u are..a great player of ur time…way to go man…

  9. Ichashishita

    November 29, 2012 at 8:20 am


  10. M.K the original

    November 29, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Am so happy for you SS, you have all what it takes to play in any club in Europian league. When i closely look at some of the defenders in the English league and other leagues, I convince myself that you are one of the best defenders pa africa. You have the stamina, you think like a real player on the ball and the confidence you have on the pitch makes you to be a very good player. I wish you all the best in your attempt to break in the big and competitive leagues.

  11. wiseman

    November 29, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Good luck Sunzu. I wish u well. Remember “ubunang’ani tabubulisha fisuma” that’s what my mother use to tell us. Go for it and give it yo best. God bless u.

  12. Chansa

    November 29, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Powerful switchh ba Sunzu. Never let yoself b comftable at any level that u’ll b in life,ur empowered to deliver watsoever in life. Aim high u can do it, uv realy made me proud.

  13. Herve Renard

    November 29, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Go Sunzu Go it is your time, do your best.

  14. Mutototo 2

    November 29, 2012 at 11:46 am

    It’s a great move you’ve taken Sunzu, just believe in yourself-you’ll make it!

  15. justine chewe

    November 29, 2012 at 11:51 am

    you have all our support man.

  16. kapandula

    November 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    kabiye ku chelsea uka pante ba man u bonse na ka gokeeper

  17. Wanu Ngwee

    November 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Go Boy Go! That confidence you show is what gives strikers butterflies in their tummies… AFCON 2013 Here We Come!!

  18. small mama

    November 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    @ luapula bize, how do you calculate your math? if i were you, i would have said Sunzu, being 23 now was still young not ati was not yet born naimwe bakamba!!

    • Luapula Bize

      November 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Ba SMALL MAMA kalamba, i think nacitoba insamushi though my reasoning is that Great Sunzu could have been too young to discuss future dreams.

  19. Nicola

    November 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Good move.

  20. Neither

    November 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Sunsu mwaiche all best ukabalilepo ukupanta van perse

  21. TimZ

    November 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Best wishes my brother. I cant wait seeing u playing 4 Chelsea. Gud lucky

  22. Yaba

    November 30, 2012 at 5:15 am

    But luapula bize uliwa mufulo..but you’ve got a point, I was thinking the same thing…

  23. Zambian

    November 30, 2012 at 5:28 am

    I hope this interview was recorded… I like this guys English

  24. mwale

    November 30, 2012 at 6:46 am

    What you feel about yourself is exactly what you are. Man you are a true definition of an African champion Go!! and do what you know best ZED is behind you

  25. StoH-n3t

    November 30, 2012 at 6:55 am


  26. LUVTED

    November 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Go man go, ulicikali !!!!!

  27. Dacosta

    November 30, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Go Go Sunzu.U can make it Mwaice,we are behind zambians.

  28. andrewsiamutete

    December 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    seleniko ba sunzu balikaba nizi!

  29. SFZ

    December 17, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Zambia is following you Nsunzu with keen interest interceding and believing God that He is going to grant you the desires of your heart – We are great that you and your colleagues did Zambia PRIDE.May the light of God shine befor you always

  30. ignatius m tembo

    December 19, 2012 at 10:55 am

    why can,t you go 2 MAN U am confident you can make even in big teams Ferdinand nakota you are the suitable