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Zambia's soccer chief upset with postponement of Zimbabwe clash

English.news.cn   2013-08-12 19:23:01            

LUSAKA, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- The head of Zambia's soccer governing body has experienced displeasure over the postponement of the match with Zimbabwe which was supposed to have been played on Sunday, the Post of Zambia reported on Monday.

The two southern African neighbors were supposed to have clashed in the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) second leg, first leg match at Rufaro Stadium in Harare but the game was rescheduled to next Sunday after match officials failed to arrive on time due to flight complications.

Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya described the postponement of the game as inconveniencing and costly.

"It is a great inconvenience and it will be costly on us but it was not ZIFA's (Zimbabwe Football Association) fault. The referees had a challenge connecting from Namibia," he was quoted as saying by the paper. He said the team was geared for the game as adequate preparations were made and expressed disappointment over the situation.

The Cameroonian referee missed his flight on Saturday and Sunday, forcing the two soccer bodies to postpone the game to next Sunday after consulting match commissioner Xolani Gwesela of South Africa, according to the Post.

The Zimbabwean soccer federation had initially proposed that the game be played on Monday but their Zambian counterparts refused because the national soccer team is supposed to play a friendly game against Senegal on Wednesday in France.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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