Morocco invites Zambia for three international friendlies

By Staff Reporter


The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has been invited to play three high profile international friendly matches against Morocco, Gambia and Cameroon.

And FAZ is saddened by the death of former National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) board chairperson Mwamba Kalenga.

FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala said the Royal Moroccan Football Federation will host the Chipolopolo boys for camp from June 6 – 17 and stage an international friendly match on June 16 against the Herve Renard drilled side.

Kashala said during the same camp, Zambia will face Cameroon on June 9, 2019 in Madrid with another international friendly match against Gambia on the cards set for June 12, 2019.

“Morocco and Cameroon will be using the friendly matches to prepare for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations to be played in Egypt from June 21 to July 19. Moroccan invitation was part of the benefits accruing as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between FAZ and the Royal Moroccan Football Federation,” Said Kashala.

“This is a huge step towards giving our team as much international exposure as possible by playing quality opposition,” Kashala said.

The Chipolopolo boys is looking to preparing for the Cameroon 2020 CHAN qualifier against Botswana in July.

And FAZ communications manager Mwazi Chanda has described  Kalenga as a well-known personality in the game whose support for sports cut across all disciplines.

“His support for the KK11 and later Chipolopolo was conspicuous through his trademark Zambian flag attire at various stadia,”  she said. Chanda said Kashala also paid tribute to Kalenga who once served as Zambia Amateur Boxing Federation chairperson and owned MK boxing stable in Matero.

Kashala has wished the family and the sports fraternity God’s guidance as they mourn Kalenga who also served as NSCZ board chairperson from 2013 to 2017.

“In 2015, the late Kalenga  was conferred with an honorary title of professor by the Emmanuel Christian University for his contribution to sports,” said Chanda.

Chanda said Kalenga 71, died on Wednesday afternoon after collapsing at his home and was rushed to Chingwere Clinic where he was pronounced dead.