The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) says it regrets online media reports alleging that the South Africa National Team was ferried in an open truck during their arrival at the Simon Mwansa International Kapwepwe Airport in Ndola in Copperbelt province.
The Soccer body says it regrets that it has had to take its eyes off a very crucial assignment for the national team to set the record straight given the unfortunate falsehoods that have been peddled on social media.
The correct position is that the South Africa National Team was extended the best courtesies afforded to any visiting team with a Higer Bus available at the airport with police escort to ferry the team to the upmarket Protea Hotel in Ndola.
Football House staff responded to a request by the South African team advance party to provide extra transport to courier extra luggage that comprised training equipment.
The South African team manager Levy Ramajoe who was in the advance party approved the choice of transport for excess luggage and was very happy with the service.
FAZ Communications manager Desmond Katongo who said this in a statement to ZANIS sports today explained that his organisation is however appealing to soccer fans to turn up in numbers to support the senior national team in Saturday’s Kenya 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against South Africa to be held at Levy Stadium.