ZAMBIA: Chipolopolo’s March friendlies in doubt

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Chipolopolo Zambia’s friendly against Ethiopia has been postponed while their trip to Uganda for a three-nation friendly is hanging in the balance due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Zambia were scheduled  use the  friendlies as build-up for the 2020 CHAN tournament that Cameroon is scheduled to host from April 4-25 but has now also been thrown into doubt due to the outbreak.

CAF has already postponed this month’s 2021 AFCON qualifier due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

“The Three-Nation Tournament that is set for Uganda from March 17-21 is in limbo following the host country indicating that they will await a report from CAF over the dates of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) that is scheduled to commence on April 4, 2020 in Cameroon,” acting FAZ spokesperson Sydney Mungala said.

“Organisers of the tournament, the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA), has notified the participating teams that their decision will depend on what CAF will say on whether the CHAN will take place as scheduled or not.

“CAF has through its medical committee headed to Cameroon to ascertain the risk of the Coronavirus to the tournament with a report due after the inspection this weekend.

“Subsequently, the trip to Kampala will await an indication from CAF as all the teams are hoping to use the tournament to prepare for CHAN.

“The preparatory tournament may be pushed further should the CHAN be postponed.

“FAZ has also put on hold the international friendly with Ethiopia that was set for March 21.”

Meanwhile, the home-based Zambia team remains in camp in Lusaka after playing one friendly on March 12 there against Malawi that they won 1-0 at Nkoloma Stadium.

Kalumiana Kalumiana,

FARPost’s Zambia Correspondent 

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