Friday, September 22, 2023

Copper queens to leave for Colombia today…Martha Tembo excused

The Zambia Women’s national team will leave for Colombia on Thursday after a delay following VISA hitches. 


The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) confirmed that the team failed to depart for Cali on Wednesday night after encountering hitches to secure USA transitory VISAs.  

“Following a visa glitch, the Zambia Women National Team itinerary to Colombia for the FIFA international friendly matches has been adjusted with the team set to leave today.”

The team was initially scheduled to leave on Wednesday night aboard Qatar Airlines but stringent transitory visa arrangements in the United States of America where the team was set to connect from have forced the adjustment of their itinerary.

FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala says the team will now leave today (Thursday) after securing an alternative route for the contingent.

Meanwhile Kashala says Green Buffaloes defender Martha Tembo who has lost her mother will be excused from the Colombia assignment.

Tembo who was on duty with Green Buffaloes Women Football Club in Morocco for the CAF Champions League lost her mother in Lusaka.

“FAZ sends its condolences to the Tembo family in this hour of an agonizing loss. The player will be excused from the Colombia assignment to allow her to mourn her mother,” Kashala told FAZ Media. 

Zambia plays Colombia on November 12th and 15th  in Cali in FIFA A grade international friendly matches.

The Copper Queens are in Group C alongside Spain, Japan and Costa Rica while Colombia will face Germany, Morocco and South Korea in Group H at the ninth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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  1. My condolences Martha. May the good Lord cover you with His strength, love and comfort during this trying moment. God bless you Queen defender.

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