U17 GIRLS HANDED WALKOVER AFTER NAMIBIA WITHDRAWAL
Zambia’s opponents in the FIFA Under-17 Women 2020 World Cup qualifiers Namibia have withdrawn from the competition citing financial constraints.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed the withdrawal from the competition by the Namibia Football Association (NFA).
“We regret to inform you that Namibia FA withdrew from the African qualifiers of FIFA U-17 WWC 2020. Consequently, the mission of the officials of the said matches is cancelled and Zambia is qualified to the next round of the tournament,” reads the correspondence from CAF.
FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala says the team will break camp but resume training soon in preparation for the next round match against South Africa.
Zambia was scheduled to play Namibia on Saturday in the first leg encounter and host the return leg on the weekend of January 24-26.
Namibia’s withdrawal paves the way for Zambia to play South Africa in the first round with the first leg set for the weekend of February 28 to March 1 while the return leg will be played on the window of March 13-15.