Chipolopolo has suffered a defensive setback with news that Zesco United defensive midfielder Kondwani Mtonga is a major doubt for Saturday’s clash against Cameroon.

Kondwani has been out of action for the last week following a suspected hamstring injury he sustained during Zesco United’s 1-0 home win over Kabwe Warriors on November 1 in Ndola.

The utility player limped off in the 28thminute of that match and has been sidelined ever since.

“He is not available for now due to the injury. he needs to heal,” team manager Chris Chibuye said at the end of Monday morning training at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

“We called 28 players and we need 23 for the game, so we have enough back up.”

Kondwani has been Zambia’s enforcer in midfield over the last three 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B qualifiers against Algeria and Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Zambia kicked off training for Saturday’s final Group B formality against Cameroon on Monday morning at Levy.

All the South African-based players including captain Kennedy Mweene are in camp.

The European-based trio of Enock Mwepu, Patson Daka, Emmanuel Banda and Fashion Sakala are all expected to join camp on Tuesday.