The Football Association of Zambia, FAZ, has dismissed the wide circulation of a purported team list of senior Men’s National Team on social media that Chipolopolo Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic allegedly produced.
FAZ General Secretary, Adrian Kashala, has clarified that the technical bench has not yet announced the squad for upcoming fixtures.
Kashala has explained that the Association has a standard procedure for announcing national team call-ups that involves the coach publicly naming his squad or through official FAZ media platforms.
“The circulated list is false and we would like to advise members of the public to ignore it. The national team coach will announce his squad for upcoming fixtures once we have confirmed our calendar for October fixtures,” read the statement in part.
Kashala says the responsibility to make call-ups lies entirely with the coach as FAZ does not interfere in that area.
“We understand the anxiety some people may be experiencing arising from the absence of international football but that should not be a reason to fabricate national call-ups,” the statement read in part.
He has further explained that the Chipolopolo’s confirmed international engagement is in November with back-to-back fixtures against Botswana in the Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers while the 2020 Cosafa Senior Men’s Challenge is yet to be confirmed with two planned international friendly matches in October against the United Arab Emirates also the cards.
This is contained in a statement that FAZ Communications Manager, Sydney Mungala, issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today.