As part of the tournament regulations, players across all teams were subjected to daily Covid-19 tests.
FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala says the third and fourth play-off between Zambia and Qatar will not take place.
“We regret to announce that the Under-15 National Team will not play their third and fourth play-off with Qatar after two of our players tested positive to Covid-19. The organizers of the tournament have informed us of the decision and the affected players will be isolated as per health regulations,” Kashala says.
“The safety and health of the players is more important. As you are all aware we live in strange times with the Covid-19 pandemic which has claimed a lot of lives worldwide. The health authorities have subjected the rest of the team to requisite health protocols and have been found negative.”
He has thanked the Croatia Football Federation (CFF) for having invited Zambia for the tournament.
“On behalf of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president, I wish to thank the Croatia Football Federation (CFF) for having invited is for this world acclaimed tournament. The host federation has also facilitated the travel of the rest of the team while the two affected players have stayed behind with the team Doctor awaiting further tests,” Kashala says according to a statement issued by FAZ Communications Manager Sydney Mungala.
Zambia commenced its campaign with a 2-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina and lost 2-1 to Romania. The Zambian team was due to play Qatar today in the third and fourth play-off.