The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has informed its members and stakeholders that the Zambian women’s national football team will no longer travel to Turkey for the Eight Nations Invitational Tournament due to COVID-19 related matters.
This comes after members of the Copper Queens underwent COVID-19 tests with some of the results putting the trip in peril. Zambia was due to jet off to Antalya, Turkey this week.
“We have decided to withdraw participation from the Turkey Eight Nations Invitational Tournament after having had encountered some medical challenges in our preparation for the tournament,” says FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala.
“It is not an easy decision to make but we always have to prioritize the health of the players and technical staff at all times.”
Kashala went on to say they’ve learnt lessons from the Chile outing that saw some of the women’s national team players and staff endure prolonged isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Coach Bruce Mwape had summoned 32 players including foreign-based players for the tournament. The Copper Queens were grouped alongside Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, and Uzbekistan.
However, FAZ General Secretary has also sent a strong warning to teams that allow fans in stadiums which is in breach of the ban by the Ministry of Sports.
“I also wish to sternly warn clubs that have been breaching the ban on fans imposed by the Ministry of Sport and FAZ sparked by increased Covid-19 cases in the country. Clubs should know that breaching the ban may attract a total ban on football activities by the authorities,” he adds.
“FAZ will take drastic steps against erring clubs that may include suspension of games from some venues that disregard the ban.”
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By FARPost Reporter