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Covid-19 knocks out Copper Queens from Turkish assignment

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Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has cancelled the Zambia National Women’s team’s invitation to Turkey for an Eight Nation Invitational Tournament following challenges posed by the Covid-19 situation.

FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala said members of Zambia Senior Women National Team underwent some Covid-19 tests with the results putting the trip into jeopardy.

Kashala said the trip has been put off on medical grounds but preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will continue.

“It is not an easy decision to make but we always have to prioritize the health of the players and technical staff at all times,” Kashala said.

 Kashala said FAZ had learnt lessons from the Chile outing for the Copper Queens that saw some players and staff endure prolonged isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said the Tokyo 2020 Olympics bound Copper Queens were due to head to Antalya, Turkey this week where they were grouped with Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, and Uzbekistan.

Kashala said Zambia National Women’s Team Coach Bruce Mwape had summoned 32 players including foreign based players for the Turkey outing.

Meanwhile, the FAZ General Secretary has warned some clubs against allowing fans in stadia in breach of the ban by the Ministry of Sports.

“I also wish to sternly warn clubs that have been breaching the ban on fans imposed by the Ministry of Sport and FAZ sparked by increased Covid-19 cases in the country. Clubs should know that breaching the ban may attract a total ban on football activities by the authorities,” he says.

“FAZ will take drastic steps against erring clubs that may include suspension of games from some venues that disregard the ban.”

On January 9, 2021, the government through the Ministry of Sport banned fans from stadia following a spike in Covid-19 cases.

This is a Statement issued to ZANIS by FAZ Communications Manager Sydney Mungala today.

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