LUSAKA, (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe has canceled a friendly soccer match
with Zambia after the world soccer governing body refused to
grant it international friendly status, Zambia’s soccer
governing body said on Tuesday.
Desmond Katongo, the
spokesperson of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) said
the planned friendly match has been canceled after the Zimbabwe
Football Association (ZFA) indicated that it was unable to host
the match after FIFA informed them that it was not going to be
accorded international friendly status.
Zambia hoped to take
the match as part of preparations for the 2018 African Nations
spokesperson said preparations for the tournament, which runs
from January 12 to February 14 in Morocco, will continue.
Zambia is in Group B
alongside Cote d’Ivoire, Namibia and Uganda for the CHAN, a
tournament only for players plying their trade in their native