Zambia Federation launches investigation into abuse

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) announced on Friday 23 September the opening of an investigation following condemnations on social networks of alleged sexual abuse by players from the women’s national team.

According to the charges, players were selected in exchange for sexual favors given to certain FAZ officials, whose names have not been mentioned.

“We have not received any official complaint about these allegations, but we take them very seriously and an investigation has been opened,” the association’s general secretary, Adrian Kashala, was quoted as saying in a press release. “We will work with the police and other stakeholders on this matter,” he added, urging “anyone with evidence to join the investigation”.

No further comment will be made pending the results of the investigation.

Statement: @FAZFootball has noted allegations on social media of sexual abuse in women’s football in Zambia. FAZ Secretary General Adrian Kashala says that although there has been no record of an official complaint being made, FAZ had launched an investigation into the matter. pic.twitter.com/C6GjRpCUFZ

— FAZ (@FAZFootball) September 23, 2022 Zambia is among the African countries along with South Africa, Morocco and Nigeria to qualify for the next Women’s World Cup hosted by Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to 23 .August 2023. This will be the first final for the Zambian team.

Preparations for the next World Cup “are underway”, the federation assured, with a friendly scheduled for October 6 against the Netherlands for “Shepolopolo”, referring to the word in the local language meaning “copper balls”. Zambia participated in the Olympics for the first time last year and achieved its first semi-final of the Africa Cup of Nations in July.

(With AFP)

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