Sierra Leone Friendly Cancelled
The highly anticipated international friendly match between Zambia and Sierra Leone has been cancelled after the Sierra Leone Football Association withdrew their participation.
FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala says the SLFA had notified Zambia of their pull out after challenges around the Covid-19 and travel arrangements.
In a letter to FAZ, the SLFA General Secretary Chris Kamara regretted the withdrawal from the highly anticipated match that was scheduled for National Heroes Stadium on Monday at 21:00 hours as a dress rehearsal of Thursday’s evening clash with Algeria.
“I am directed by the president to convey her apologies to the Football Association of Zambia’s president (Andrew Kamanga) and FAZ for the unfortunate situation we have experienced with regards the release of our players who are playing abroad due to Covid-19 restrictions and the traveling challenges amidst this difficult moment,” Kamara said.
“On this note, we regret to inform you of the decision of the Sierra Leone Football Association to pull out of the friendly match between Sierra Leone and Zambia national team due to technical reasons beyond our control.”
Sierra Leone are in Group L alongside Nigeria, Benin and Lesotho and were hoping to test their team before facing Lesotho on Thursday in Maseru.
Zambia was hoping to have a dress rehearsal of the 21:00 hours kick-off between Algeria on Thursday.
CAF has directed that all matches be played at the same time in the final stages of Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.