Kitwe will host Zambia’s opening match at the 2013 COSAFA Cup on 14 July- a quarterfinal clash against Mozambique after COSAFA withdrew Kabwe from hosting cities.
COSAFA announced a venue change for the July COSAFA tournament on Saturday after withdrawing Kabwe from hosting cities that include Lusaka and Ndola as well.
COSAFA said Kabwe’s Godfrey “Ucar” Chitalu Stadium was not fit to host matches for the tournament to be staged between 6 and 20 July.
In Kitwe, Arthur Davies Stadium and Nkana Stadium are expected to host matches for the regional tournament.
“Kabwe was initially scheduled to be the third venue for the regional competition, but logistical challenges in upgrading to the required standard for the competition have meant it has been withdrawn,” read a statement from COSAFA.
The COSAFA Cup returns for the first time since 2009 when hosts Zimbabwe won the tournament after beating Zambia in the final.