The Zambia National Team will have an international camp in Saudi Arabia ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
FAZ President Andrew Kamanga confirmed the development in his weekly update, The President’s corner.
“The Chipolopolo have just kick-started preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations Coted’voire 2023. The technical bench has submitted a program that will see the Chipolopolo commence their camp on December 26 in Lusaka with both foreign local players available for this window. The local camp will then culminate into an international camp in Saudi Arabia which will see the team intensify preparations,” Kamanga wrote.
“The technical bench has, as always, been given leeway to select a team that they best believe will deliver for our great nation. Our duty is to provide them with all the necessary support on their mission. We are working closely with the government through our supervisory ministry to ensure that all the logistics are on point.”
“The budget for the whole AFCON campaign has been duly deposited at the Ministry of Youth, Sport, and Arts for actualization. We have always prioritised preparations for all our teams as they prepare for international engagements. We did the same for the Copper Queens in their WAFCON qualifiers preps with two high profile friendly matches against Morocco,” he added.
Zambia booked a place at the CAF 2023 African Cup of Nations with a match to spare.
The 2012 AFCON winners were drawn in group F alongside Morocco, DR Congo , and Tanzania for the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 2023.
The continental showpiece will kick off on January 13, 2024 and run through to 11 February, 2024.
Ivory Coast will open the Competition with a tricky encounter against Guinea Bissau on 13th January, 2024.
Five cities will house groups with Abidjan hosting Group A and B while the rest of the host cities are Yamoussoukro, Bouake, Korhogo and San Pedro.