Zambia will only field two teams in the 2022/2023 Confederation of African Football inter-clubs Competitions, The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has confirmed.
According to a statement by FAZ Communications manager Sydney Mungala which was made available to the ZamFoot Crew, CAF has officially notified them that they will only field two teams instead of four from last few seasons.
Zambia has dropped out of the 12 top Leagues in Africa hence the drop from four to two teams.
With this information, Red Arrows will represent Zambia in the CAF Champions League while ZESCO United will take part in the CAF Confederation Cup.
“Following communication from CAF, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) wishes to inform its membership and stakeholders that Zambia will only field two teams in the 2022-2023 season. CAF has formally notified its membership on the revised continental slots that will see 12 countries eligible to field four teams comprising two in the CAF Champions League and the same number in the Confederation Cup.
Arising from this communique, Zambia will be represented by Red Arrows in the Champions League while Zesco United will be the flag carriers in the Confederation Cup.”
FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala who spoke to FAZ Media said the development was sad but also a call for Zambian clubs to step up their performances in CAF competitions.
“We wish to inform our football family of the communique from CAF that the inter-club competitions representation has been revised after a four-year cycle. Zambia will have two clubs in CAF competitions for the 2023 season,” Kashala said.
“The development is regrettable but also a wake-up call to our clubs to work extra hard to reclaim their respectable status on the continent.”
“We just have to pull our socks up and ensure that our representatives do better when they win the right to fly our national flag on the continent,” he added.
The 12 countries that will field four teams are: Algeria, Angola, Congo DR, Egypt, Guinea, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, and Tunisia.
CAF has set September 9-11 for the preliminary round matches of the 2022 season while return legs will be on September 16-18. The second round will run from October 7-9 for the first legs with return fixtures on October 14-16.