The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has allegedly turned down a request from 2012 Afcon winning players to have a match held in their honour during the 10th anniversary of Chipolopolo’s winning of the Cup of Nations.
Last Saturday marked exactly 10 years since Zambia won its first ever Africa Cup of Nations title but the day passed quietly with no official event to mark the milestone.
While the narrative has been about unfulfilled pledges that were made to the players by Government, FAZ and some corporate bodies, it has also emarged that FAZ turned down a request for an event to mark the day.
Former Chipolopolo midfielder Noah Chivuta said in an interview on Zambia’s Daily Mail that FAZ cited Covid-19 for turning down the request from the players.
“We started last month trying to engage many stakeholders like FAZ to organize us a game so that we come together to celebrate at some events but we were told they cannot arrange a game for us because there is COVID,” Chivuta said.
Chivuta said the players were however taken aback to see FAZ organise an international friendly match between the Women’s national team and South Africa.