Zambia makes headway towards league resumption

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Following the announcement by His Excellency, President Edgar Lungu that football can resume in July subject to adherence to Ministry of Health Guidelines, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) will meet all the Super League and National Division One clubs next week.

FAZ will meet clubs in Lusaka on Tuesday while the Copperbelt will host the caucus on Wednesday for teams on the Northern half of the country.

The meetings will be to concretize the measures that the clubs are expected to undertake in the build up to the re-opening of the season.

FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala says teams can start training in small groups on July 1, 2020, whilst observing guidelines that have been availed to them.

Kashala says the league is tentatively set to kick-off on July 18, 2020.

“We are hereby requesting clubs in the FAZ MTN Super Division and the FAZ Eden University National Division One to send their CEOs or an appropriate representative at an executive level to attend the following briefings,” he says.

“All Lusaka Province, Central Province and Southern Province based clubs of the Zambian Premier League to convene at exactly 10:30 hours at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on Tuesday 30th June 2020. 2.

All Northern, North Western and Copperbelt Province based clubs of the Zambian Premier League to convene at exactly 10:30 in Ndola at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Thursday, July 2 2020.”

In the meantime, members have been directed to get in touch with the District Medical Authorities to make arrangements for the testing of their players and staff.

FAZ has furnished members with detailed guidelines arising from the tripartite meetings with the Ministry of Sport, Ministry of Health and FAZ. Football House, Lusaka. Picture: FAZ.

Matches will be played behind closed doors with fans expected to catch games on television through broadcast partner SuperSport.

FAZ has also advised members of the lower leagues to remain calm as the resumption of the league was being done in phases in consultation with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Sport.

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By Football Association of Zambia (FAZ)

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