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Zambia Ready To Contest AFCON Finals In Case FIFA Bans Zimbabwe

Zambia Ready To Contest AFCON Finals In Case FIFA Bans Zimbabwe

Zambia are on standby to play at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) should Zimbabwe be banned by FIFA before the tournament roars into life on Sunday.

Last month, football’s world governing body said a ban “may have to be imposed on” Zimbabwe unless the elected Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) board was reinstated by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) by 3 January.

This has not happened, giving Zambia hope they could contest the finals since they finished behind Zimbabwe in their AFCON qualifying group.

Zambian FA’s media officer, Sidney Mungala, told BBC Sport Africa that they hoped that FIFA would have resolved the Zimbabwe issue by now. He said:

We have followed keenly the development in Zimbabwe and have always remained open to being part of the Nations Cup if Zimbabwe is banned.

Given the length of the time, before the tournament kicks off, we would have hoped that this matter would have been resolved by now.

Mungala said in the event that Zimbabwe are indeed banned and without proper call-ups of players and timely notifications to their clubs, Zambia would expect the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and FIFA to intervene on their behalf. Added Mungala:

It would definitely present a challenge but we believe the Caf/Fifa regulations would be able to help us should the situation arise where we become part of the Nations Cup.

Additionally, we believe our players would relish the opportunity to represent their country at the continent’s biggest showpiece.

Zambia missed out on reaching the AFCON by a single point when finishing third behind second-placed Zimbabwe. Defending champions Algeria finished first in the group.

According to CAF regulations, any team that withdraws “after its qualification in the final tournament, but before its actual start, shall be replaced by the team classified next in the group”.

Alternatively, “in default, the group to which belongs the forfeiting team shall be composed of three teams” (as has happened before).

More: BBC Football

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14 Comments

Bright 7 months ago

Haaa src isazodaro ka nhai veduwe


Jutas 7 months ago

SRC HAISI MU POLITICS HERE.
ISAFARISAWO ZVE ICHIDARO SEKUNGE PANE ZVAVAKANANGA ZVISINEI NE BHORA HAAAA

Williie Gideon Chinyanyani Chauke 7 months ago

ZIMBABWE WILL NOT BE BANNED.
FORGET AND SMILE.

YOU CAN CAMPAIGN FOR THE AFCON ON YOUR WILL NOT TO TRY INFLUENCE ZIMBABWEANS TO BE BANNED

EVERYTHING CAN BE SOLVED WHILST RUNNING THE AFCON.

FORGET ACHIMWENE KKKKK


Tanaka21 7 months ago

BBC breaking news:now Zimbabwe banned from playing international tournaments for 3 years.

1 2 test
😂😁😀


Bright 7 months ago

Haaa iwe ukwane wanzwa magaro enyu mese ne BBC yako fifa ahiti musi wayakapa deadline yobva yatoti ban ipapo wanzwa ka tokukwatura ahii

Nimrod mandishona 7 months ago

Kwana iwe usatsvaga kuzvitukisa wanzwa BBC kudii zvaunotaura enda unofa.wodza zambia yako kuti ngaizvi qualify yoga kwete kugara yakateya kuda kudya zvavasina kusenzera idiot

Nimrod mandishona 7 months ago

Yaita simba rakadii fifa yacho ku ban team yatooko kare ku afcon kwacho,kana vachida kuti ban ngavazviite after afcon, asi kamambo ne team yake voziva vakasimba cz zvavatanga izvo havazvipedze,kana wadzingwa basa wadzingwa regedza


Hure arina rudo 7 months ago

Zvinoda kudya zvawashanda kwete kumirira aashanda vanoti Daka anosimudza Afcon


Bright 7 months ago

Haa apana paya iya ya 2012 ya iya kwaiva kumberi iya yakazotora afcon iya not ana daka

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Gumunyu john 7 months ago

You shd eat the fruits of your sweat .musade zvakapfawa kunge honye.


Doroguru 7 months ago

This Zambian official is clueless. Kana team yapiwa ultimatum or face a ban it doesn't necessarily mean it'll be banned overnight ka. There's a due process that's need to be followed just like a court process. Afterall CAF will not admit to a team being banned a day before the tournament,that'll show they don't have balls for lack of a better word.


Unifier General 7 months ago

SRC ndiyo gvt yacho ma sanctions havamavhunduki cz vatori nemamwe kare ,,but generally unouraisa carrier yevana cz iwo vari kudya mafuta ayo nyika kare


Gabadela 7 months ago

I'm not privy to the rules governing FIFA but my thinking is that they cannot afford to ban Zimbabwe from AFCON afterall this is a 2021 tournament saka how does the ban if effected in 2022 affect a 2021 tourney??? Hameno maonero anguwo


Bounty Hunter 7 months ago

Its okay to ban Zimbabwe .. It wasn't going to win anything from the competition now that Zimbabwe has the opportunity not to take part lets donate the money towards rural school development



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