Monday, July 15, 2024

Chipolopolo to play Russia in international friendly match 

The Chipolopolo Boys are expected to play Russia in an international friendly match to help celebrate the 60 years of friendship and strengthen bilateral relations. 

This came to light when Russian Ambassador to Zambia Azim Yarakhmedov paid a courtesy call on FAZ General Secretary Reuben Kamanga on Wednesday.

The two FAs are looking at dates in September and October, closer to Zambia’s Independence Day, which falls on October 24. 

What now remains is to align the dates with the FIFA window so that both teams can feature strong sides.  So, they are looking at dates September 2-10 or October 7-15. 

BELOW IS A FULL STATEMENT FROM FAZ 

ZAMBIA, RUSSIA FRIENDLY MATCH TO FLAVOUR 60TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY 

Russian Ambassador to Zambia Azim Yarakhmedov says the proposed international friendly match between Zambia and Russia will help celebrate the 60 years of friendship and strengthen bilateral relations.

Early this year, Yarakhmedov conferred with FAZ president Andrew Kamanga on a wide range of football matters where he proposed a friendly match to celebrate the 60 years of friendship.

Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on FAZ general secretary Reuben Kamanga Wednesday morning, Yarakhmedov said Zambia had continued to improve significantly in football.

“Let me start by appreciating what you are doing as FAZ. The women’s national team has continued to make headlines, together with the Chipolopolo. The reason for our coming here is the earlier proposal of having Zambia and Russia play an international friendly to celebrate 60 years of friendship. Zambia attained its independence on October 24, 1964, and six days later, a Russian delegation was in Zambia to establish diplomatic ties. On October 30, 2024, we will be celebrating 60 years of friendship,” Yarakhmedov said.

“We want to formalize it and are here to ask which formal dates are suitable for the game. We are looking for a broader collaboration between the Zambian government and ourselves. As Zambia celebrates its independence, we are planning to organize a musical concert, where we will be bringing artists from Russia to perform at East Park alongside Zambian artists. The proceeds will go to a charity organization of choice”

Kamanga said FAZ would engage the Russian Football Union and decide on convenient dates that will coincide with the FIFA Window. 

“We are happy with your visit and your Excellency, and we shall put it in writing and deliver our response before the close of this week. The friendly is settled, and what remains is just checking on the dates that will be good. This friendly will help celebrate the 60 years of friendship. We have made progress in arranging the friendly between the Russian Football Federation and ourselves,” Kamanga said.

“We are looking at some dates in September and October, closer to our Independence Day, which falls on October 24. What remains is to align the dates with the FIFA window so that both teams can feature strong sides.  So, we are looking at dates September 2-10 or October 7-15. Otherwise, I can say here that nothing is stopping the friendly. We will confirm it in writing. It’s just the choice of the dates”.

Aaron Mubanga
Aaron Mubangahttps://zambianfootball.co.zm
Aaron Mubanga is a qualified Environmental Health Technologist| Editor in Chief of Zambia's biggest all local football website ZamFoot| Player manager for Copper Queens duo of Barbra Banda and Evarine Susan Katongo |Brand Ambassador for Betway|Talent Scout| Women's Football Ambassador| Blogger | Football Writer|

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