Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has confirmed the cancellation of the planned friendly game against the Harambee Starlets of Kenya.
The Copper Queens were due to face Kenya on April 24 in Lusaka.
But the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) cited a presidential order to suspend sports in the country as the reason why they could not honour the friendly invite.
“Following communication from the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) that their team has not been granted the green light to commence football activities by their government, the highly anticipated international friendly match between the Copper Queens and the Harambe Starlets has been cancelled,” FAZ announced on Saturday.
FAZ general-secretary Adrian Kashala revealed they have got a backup plan to help the team prepare for their upcoming duties.
Zambia will represent Africa at the Tokyo Olympic Games which starts on Friday 23 July and ends on Sunday 8 August.
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By Ofhani Munyai