Zambia in Limbo Over CAF Under-20 Match As Nation Mourns Founding First Lady Betty Kaunda

Zambia’s soccer mother body, FAZ, is in limbo over Saturday’s CAF African Youth Championship qualifier against Mali as the country is in a mourning period of its founding First Lady Betty Kaunda.

FAZ may have huge challenges cancelling the match as its beyond its juridiction especially that the visiting team is already in the country.

The referees for the match are also already in the country and canceling the match whose return leg is scheduled for two weeks later would require intense consultation with a rigid CAF secretariat in Egypt.

However, there may be two options for FAZ with the first one to go ahead and fulfill the fixture behind closed doors or defer to Sunday or Monday when all activities of entertainment nature resume.

FAZ spokesperson Erick Mwanza issued a statement on Thursday saying; “In view of the period of national mourning declared in honour and memory of Mama Betty Kaunda, we (FAZ) have cancelled and postponed all league matches across the country. There shall be no games even at provincial and amateur levels. New dates for the postponed games will be announced later.”

Mama Betty Kaunda, 84, who died on Tuesday will be put to rest in Chinsali on Saturday and has been accorded a three day national mourning by the Zambian government.

The Zambia Vs Mali Under-20 qualifying match falls with the three days national mourning.

“We shall issue a statement on the hosting of the Zambia vs Mali Under20 Africa Cup qualifier tomorrow [Friday] at Arthur Davies Stadium,” Mwanza announced.

The Malian team arrived in the country Thursday after camping in Senegal for the first leg of the final round of qualifiers.

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