FAZ SUSPENDS ZAMBIA U-17 TEAM MANAGER WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT OVER THE FLASH BUS INCIDENT
Press Statement: (For Immediate Release)
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has been made aware of a video circulating online showing six under-17 women national team players boarding public transport. We wish to state that currently there are three women national teams in camp namely the senior Women National Team, the under-20 and under-17.
“FAZ has instituted investigations into the circumstances and have suspended the team manager with immediate effect,” said FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala.
FAZ under Mr Andrew Kamanga has set a very high bar for itself in terms of providing and camping women’s national teams and regrets that an act of negligence on the team management of the under-17 girls has drawn widespread condemnation.
The video footage comprises some under-17 girls that had gone to the passport office for interviews in preparations for the Region V Games to be staged in December. FAZ had facilitated their transport through an assigned vehicle but have learnt that the personnel handling the team sought an unsanctioned mode of transport after they finished their task ahead of the scheduled time.
“FAZ remains committed to maintaining the very high bar set for the teams especially women teams that have continued to do the nation proud,” Kashala said.
“The under-20 girls did the nation proud on Friday by beating Malawi 6-0 at Nkoloma Stadium. The girls will remain in camp until the time they fly to Malawi for the return leg of the Costa Rica 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier on October 9.”
He added: “The senior Women’s National Team are expected to fly to South Africa on Monday for the 2021 Cosafa Women’s Championship.”
For and on behalf of:
FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA