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ZAMBIA EXPRESS INTEREST TO HOST U17 AFCON TOURNAMENT

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has expressed interest to host the 2021 Africa U17 Cup of Nations that was recently cancelled by CAF.

The CAF Emergency Committee that sat on Monday took a decision to cancel the 2021 edition which was slated to take place in Morocco.

This decision came just five days from the planned kick-off date (13th March). The tournament would go on up to 31st.

However, the prevailing circumstances in Morocco where the local government issued stringent measures in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 deemed it unfit to have the tournament played.

It should be noted that authorities in Morocco last week suspended all flights to and fro several countries such as Italy and Belgium.

Additionally, all flights between Morocco and Denmark, Brazil, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, Austria, Portugal, Sweden, the Czech Republic, and Ukraine were also suspended.

At the time of cancelling the tournament, already four nations had reached Morocco and these included Zambia, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Uganda.

It is upon this background that FAZ has officially written to CAF seeking to host the tournament.

In a letter written by FAZ General Secretary, Adrian Kashala on 10th March, Zambia expressed their interest.

“Following the cancellation of U17 AFCON Tournament in Morocco, we wish to express our interest to fill the gap created by hosting the tournament in Zambia on dates approved by CAF,” reads the statement.

“We firmly believe that we shall be up to the task drawing our strength from having successfully hosted the U20 AFCON Tournament in 2017 followed by the U20 COSAFA Tournament in 2019.

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