Zambia To End League Over Violation of Covid-19 Rule

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Zambia To End League Over Violation of Covid-19 Rule

By Sampson Adedeji

Zambia’s Football Association (FAZ) said it will end its domestic season on August 6, just weeks after it restarted, due to clubs failing to adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

FAZ had hoped to complete the Super League 2019/20 season following its resumption on July 18 but said on Friday that only two more rounds are to be played before champions are declared with all teams having played 27 of their 34 scheduled matches.

Any teams unable to fulfil their remaining fixtures would forfeit the points.

“Unfortunately, despite signing up to observe the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health, the compliance levels by most of the clubs have not been satisfactory,” FAZ said in a statement.

“Among the breaches noted were failure to manage the isolation of players and officials who tested positive, … failure to observe social distancing and lack of sanitizers and disinfectants at designated places.”

FAZ have set a date of October 17 to start the 2020-21 season, by that time it hopes to have more rigid processes in place.

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