The Copper Queens proposed friendly match against Mozambique has been called off due to Covid-19 challenges.
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) confirmed the latest developments in an interview with local Zambia publication, ZamFoot.
The Copper Queens who are in camp preparing for the Olympics are however expected to play a few friendly matches against both African and non-African opposition with a European camp on the cards towards the Olympic tournament.
“We had arranged for a friendly game with Mozambique but our colleague decided to pull out arising from the COVID-19 situation on their part, we had no control over their pulling out but we still have a few more games for the Senior Women’s team to play on the continent and also beyond,” said FAZ Communications manager Sydney Mungala.
”The dilemma has been that if we go and play a friendly game outside Africa and we don’t handle the Covid-19 situation very well it can lead to our team being stuck in another country and then we are preparing for the Olympics,” he explained.
The Copper Queens are among 12 teams that have qualified for the Olympics and are the only representatives from Africa.
They were drawn in Group F and will face Brazil who are making a seventh appearance at the tournament, Netherlands, and China, who will set an Asian record with their sixth participation at the biggest sports festival that kicks off in July.
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