U20 Women’s team break camp, Call off All Africa Games participation
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has announced that the Under 20 Women’s team has broken camp and will not be able to take part in the All Africa Games currently underway in Morocco.
FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala in a statement by FAZ media and made available to the ZamFoot Crew revealed that the Under-20 Women’s team were initially booked to travel directly from South Africa to Morocco but were requested to secure visa letters for entry into Morocco.
Kashala explained that following the failure to secure visa letters the U20 Women’s team were rerouted back to Lusaka on 13th August 2019. Kashala further said that as the visa letters were being processed, it became clear that the full team would not be able to travel to Morocco in time for them to meet competition fixtures due to non-availability of seats on flights.
The Football Association of Zambia has since decided to call off the trip on account of time and lack of space.
The team arrived from Port Elizabeth, South Africa on 13 August and failed to proceed to Morocco on the same day due to the non-availability of the visa letters.
According to the statement from FAZ, Arrangements were made to reschedule the flight for 14 August 2019 at 18:00hrs but the team was still without the visa letter and so the booking was cancelled. Football House revealed that visa letters were only received on 14 August 2019 at 22:00hrs at which time flights into Morocco were fully booked, with openings only becoming available after Tuesday 20 August 2019.
The Football Association of Zambia says it regrets the failure by the Junior Copper Queens to represent the country in the women’s football category but stated that it remains committed to promoting women’s football and has since commended the Under 20 Women’s team for their solidarity in this time.
The Under 20 Women’s team recently participated in the inaugural Under 20 COSAFA Women’s tournament held in Port Elizabeth, South Africa where they finished as runners up to Tanzania. The team did not break camp after the COSAFA tournament as they were expected to participate in the All African Games in Morocco where they were scheduled to play against Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa.
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