Lushomo Mweemba of Zambia runs to celebrate her goal during the 2018 Cosafa Womens Championship game between Zambia and Cameroon at Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 15 September 2018 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix
Lushomo Mweemba of Zambia runs to celebrate her goal during the 2018 Cosafa Womens Championship game between Zambia and Cameroon at Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth on 15 September 2018 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has apologised to government for wrongly putting blame on the authority for the Under 20 Women’s National Soccer team’s failure to participate in the 2019 African Games in Morocco.

Recently FAZ Vice President Rix Mweemba accused government for the team’s failure to travel for the All Africa games, when initially it was government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who spearheaded the team’s visas with Moroccan authorities.

It has been established that after securing the team’s air tickets for the match which was scheduled for August 17th 2019, a slight glitch in the issuing of visas to all participating countries prompted FAZ to cancel their flights.

Speaking when he met the FAZ Vice President this morning, Minister of Youth Sport and Child Development Emmanuel Mulenga revealed that FAZ actually cancelled the team’s flight when government had already facilitated their movement with the Moroccan authorities.

“During the days preceding the commencement of the games, FAZ secured the air tickets in time for their match on 17th August, 2019 in the games. The delay in issuing of entry visas by the Moroccan government to all the participating countries prompted FAZ to cancel their flights”, said Mulenga.

He said the Ministry undertook tireless efforts to ensure that all athletes make it in time for the competitions, despite FAZ having challenges.

The Minister stated that it was only realized that FAZ had cancelled their flights after such efforts.

And the FAZ Vice President has since apologised to both government and the Minister of Sports for his earlier statements, suggesting that it was government’s fault that the women failed to participate.

In responding to the apology by FAZ, the Minister stated that government is committed to sports development as well as different youth led initiatives across the country.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Apologies are not enough, only apologizing and deffecting to PF. Styupidy.
    Fu¢k you FAZ, baffikala na munyela ku ntulo ya kamana.
    You are leaving a year before PF.

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  2. Why don’t we abolish these visas in Africa. Let’s have free movements.
    Has HH commented on this?

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    • HH commenting on what? Is he a president? He is a Privatization Thief. If you give a thief a room and he steals from you you would be out of your mind to give him a house (the whole house). He would have Panama, Cayman Island, Switzerland, etc. now.

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  3. What is annoying about this whole transaction is that here are a team of young ladies who because of football have an opportunity to go out there showcase their play and be spotted and move out poverty forever feed many people back home. They are some of the lucky few to escape alcohol abuse, early parenting, becoming a lady of the night as so on. What FAZ should be doing is apart from them playing football hold skills workshops for them to learn how to manage their hard earned money…but no we end up squabbling about travel arrangements….

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  4. The problem we have in Zambia is accepting mediocrity as normal. In a decent country , someone should have resigned or fired for that. But ubupuba mu Zambia is part of life. This is all nonsense is done by so called educated morons. We resist to learn new things all time.

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  5. You’ve let us down ba mambala imwe, we don’t want this to happen again with the AFCON, Olympics n Worldcup fixtures coming up. How many lessons do you need to get it right?

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  6. It seems to me Morocco was playing games, they wanted stronger teams out of the tournament so they increase their own chances of winning the tournament.

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