Zimbabwe women’s football team fails to show up for Olympics qualifier

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifier between Zambia and Zimbabwe women’s football teams could not take place after the host team failed to show up, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has confirmed.

Zimbabwe had a 5-0 deficit to make up for heading into the reverse fixture that was scheduled to kick off at 15:00 this afternoon at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.

But Bruce Mwape’s Copper Queens were greeted to an empty stadium when they arrived at the National Sports Stadium at 13:30 hours.

Gate minders were positioned at the entrance with Zambia supporters led by Zambia Sports Fans Association president pastor Peter Makembo encamped at National Sports Stadium.

The Zambian team were holed up in the dressing room and proceeded for the requisite warm up after match officials conducted the inspection.

Match officials from Lesotho were led by centre referee Setoko Theresia, Agness Mahomo (first assistant), Polotso Maapara (second assistant) and Mathabo Kolokotoane (fourth official).

The Zambian team warmed up and after going through the paces went back to the dressing room where they were communicated to that the match would not take place.

Zimbabwe Football Association officials said that clubs withdrew some players from the national team 24 hours before the clash with Zambia.

The Match commissioner was Lida Manjate from Mozambique.

The Copper Queens will await communication from FIFA over the outcome of the un-played match.

Zambian High Commissioner to Zimbabwe Emmanuel Chenda who is a former FAZ treasurer addressed the players urging them not to be discouraged after the no-show by their opponents.

The Copper Queens fly back to Zambia on Monday aboard Emirates Airlines.

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