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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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7 Comments to U20 Women’s team break camp, Call off All Africa Games participation

  1. Kasama Boy says:

    Chansoni Sana Ba FAZ.

    Ninshi lyonse ilyo umwaka wayambila, the person in charge did not know that the U20 would be in that competition?

    Ninshi lyonse ilyo bali ku Port Elizabeth the person in charge did not know that they needed visa’s to enter Morocco?

    Isn’t this the same organisation that failed to secure visa’s for the senior team into England?

    We are tired of silly excuses.

  2. Bsimms says:

    THIS IS NONSENSE. WHAT A KILL KOY ba faz. JUST WHEN THE GIRLS NEED MOTIVATION & A JOB WELL DONE GESTURE and you pull off a move like that! WoW very smart.

    No wonder we can never develop women’s soccer in Zambia. No motivation, No sense of urgency, No sense of patriotism! ZERO.



  3. Bsimms says:

    Someone’s going to support this administrative failure. When people go for fruitless elections even when they knew they stand no chance their Visa & travel papers are organised in haste but a young team with great prospects; ONE FOR THE FUTURE HAS ITS DREAMS CRUSHED…..After all the hard work to earn a spot at the tournament & THIS IS THEIR PAY BACK = FLIGHT BACK HOME.

  4. I hated the corruption in our previous FAZ administration…and I needed change so badly anything would do. I supported Banda’s administration even when we didnt make it to Afcon…twice! BUT THIS IS JUST BEYOND ME?????
    Administrate with a future eye; where are we going next, do will need to walk to Morocco or not, are we JUST SUPPOSED TO WALK IN THAT COUNTRY OR WHAT??? This should have been done WEEKS AGO!!!!!!
    FAZ you have managed to make us Zambians look so unorganised and silly…I hope and trust this is the last term you are ‘enjoying’…HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE MANAGEMENT!

  5. Logic says:

    In some other places someone would have resigned. The funny thing is that the officials have already made it to Morocco…Pathetic…When will this nonsense end kanshi

    • Bsimms says:

      FAZ OFFICIALS???? If that’s the case then we need answers NOW more than ever!

      What are they doing there if their own team has been sent home even before they could get on a plane to Morocco 🤕😔🤔

  6. Anonymous says:

    Time to fire Someone

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