The friendly match between Zambia and Kenya, scheduled to be played on April 24, has been cancelled. The Kenyan government has suspended all sports related activities including football due to the covid-19 pandemic.
In preparation for the Tokyo Olympics, Zambia had scheduled several friendlies, two of which had already been played (victory over Chile 2-1 and defeat against South Africa 3-1). Against Kenya for another friendly match scheduled for April 24, this match was unfortunately cancelled by the Kenyan leaders.
Following the announcement of the President of the Republic of Kenya to suspend all sports activities due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Kenyan Football Federation, through its Minister of Sports, requested a waiver for football but alas. « … In an offer to allow football to resume, in order to allow adequate preparation for our teams, who are expected to play in the 2022 African Cup of Nations and the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Unfortunately, we have not yet received the green light from the government for the resumption of training for the friendly match and coupled with travel restrictions outside the country. We wish to request the cancellation of the match, » the Kenya FA statement said.
In the wake of the decision, FAZ secretary general Adrian Kashala says the federation will find other friendly matches, although he remains disappointed with the cancellation of the match against Kenya. « We are disappointed that this game is over but we have some options on the table… » he said.
The draw for the group stages of the Tokyo Olympics will take place on 21 April.