…as Chipolopolo warm up for the COSAFA tournament
ZAMBIA is to play Malawi in an international football friendly on May 10 at Lusaka’s Nkoloma Stadium ahead of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) tournament which kicks off on May 17 in South Africa.
At a press briefing at Football House in Lusaka yesterday, FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe said the team will use the friendly to prepare for the COSAFA tournament.
“The Football Association of Malawi wrote to us for a friendly. This is good as it will help the team prepare for the COSAFA tournament. Since it’s not a FIFA date, the teams will be made up of local players,” he said.
Tembwe revealed that the COSAFA-bound provisional team will enter into camp on May 3 instead of April 26 due to the friendly game against Malawi.
“The team was scheduled to enter camp this Sunday but the programme has been realigned because of the friendly with Malawi. The boys will now enter camp on May 3,” he said.
National team coach Honour Janza said the friendly will be an opportunity for local players to showcase their skills.
“This is a good opportunity for the local players to prove their credentials for possible inclusion into the national team.
“Malawi is a good team and the boys should put in their best,” Janza said.
Zambia is on bye in the preliminary stage of the COSAFA, therefore will face a quarter final winner from Group A that comprises Mauritius, Seychelles, Namibia and Zimbabwe
Nkweto announced that the Under-23 men and women soccer teams will enter camp on May 3 to begin preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics qualifiers.
He said the same men’s team that played in the All-Africa Games qualifier against Nigeria will be retained with a few changes.
Meanwhile, FAZ has warned the premier league football clubs to follow laid down transfer procedures when getting a player from the FUSO clubs (seven aside clubs).
Nkweto said that the so-called normal clubs have developed a tendency of acquiring players from FUSO clubs without following procedure. “We are warning the clubs to follow the right transfer process when acquiring a player from the FUSO clubs.
“These clubs are just like the so-called normal clubs and therefore the transfer process should be followed. We will not take kindly any club that breaching the transfer procedure,” he warned.