Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Fans Back in Football Stadiums


Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has announced that spectators will be allowed to return to stadia after Government relaxed several Covid-19 restrictions.

Minister of Health Sylvia Masebo yesterday lifted Covid-19 restrictions and indicated that Zambia has been removed from the red list and upgraded to green arising from the reduction in the numbers of infection.

FAZ said it has sought guidance from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Sports to ensure that the return of spectators is within the specified Covid-19 guidelines.

“We have taken note of the pronouncements by the Ministry of Health over the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions in the country and are pleased to announce that fans will be allowed to return to stadia for league matches,” says FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala.

“We, however, advise clubs to strictly adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines which include regular disinfection of their premises, masking up, sanitizing and social distancing. We also urge clubs to encourage their players, officials and fans to take up the option of vaccination as part of helping reduce the risk of infection.”

Kashala says FAZ will continue to liaise with the Ministry of Health through the Zambia National Public Health Institute and the Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) in ensuring that football is above board in adhering to the guidelines.

“We also wish to advise our members that should they fail to adhere to the guidelines, they may run the risk of having their match venues barred from admitting fans. The longevity of fans staying at stadia is subject to us remaining vigilante at all times of the threat posed by the Covid-19 infection,” he says.

And FAZ has clarified that the number of fans for the October 10, 2021, Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier remains 20, 000 as guided by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

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