United release Chivuta for Cosafa Cup


The game is being played on artificial turf in Thulamahashe near Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga.

Initially, SuperSport coach Gavin Hunt had not granted Chivuta – a recent signing from BidVest Wits - permission to join his national team last Friday.

This was apparently because Zambia had only made their official request to SuperSport on Thursday.

Hunt also wanted to field his new acquisition in the Manguang Cup on Sunday.

But with SuperSport not involved in any major pre-season friendly games this weekend, Chivuta has been released and made the trip to Mpumalanga on Monday evening.

It is not compulsory for clubs to release players for the Cosafa Senior Challenge as it falls out of the Fifa calendar but SuperSport have shown a sense of understanding by releasing Chivuta.

The 24-year-old will replace Nyambe Mulenga on the left as Zambia’s French coach Herve Renard seeks to win his first silverware for the mining nation.

Chivuta will be slotted in wide on the left in midfield where Zambia played their first match without a natural left footed player.

Mulenga will not play football for over a month as he is on crutches after breaking his leg in the penalty shootout win over Zimbabwe.

Renard has already stated his concern about the way his team played against Zimbabwe where they struggled though eventually coming out winners.