Under-17 squad’s MRI tests sent to CAF

THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) yesterday submitted the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test results and passport copies for the Under-17 national team players to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ahead of Sunday’s qualifier against Sudan.


Zambia will this Sunday host Sudan at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka for the CAF U-17 Championship second round first leg qualifier.

FAZ general secretary Ponga Liwewe in an interview confirmed the submission of the MRI tests to CAF and said the association was expecting results before the end of yesterday.

Liwewe said both the COSAFA team and the newly included players underwent the MRI tests at a reputable Lusaka hospital.

The MRI tests were done at Fairview Hospital in Lusaka under the supervision of CAF-accredited doctor Joseph Kabungo.

“I can confirm that all the players have undergone the MRI tests and have been dispatched to CAF by the CAF-accredited officer.  We are currently waiting for results and hopefully will have access to them before the end of today,” Liwewe said.

He said the late submission of the MRI tests would not affect Zambia’s performance on Sunday because the coach had enough time to select the final team.

“I believe the coach knows the players that can form the final squad. What is vital is to have the right age group and select from there. Selection of the final squad is up to the coach and I am confident he will do so before Sunday,” he said.

Liwewe said the Sudanese junior team is scheduled to arrive in the country today at 14; 00 hours. He has since called on the soccer fans to turn up in numbers and give support to the junior Chipolopolo.

Meanwhile, the junior Chipolopolo yesterday trained in groups at Sunset Stadium in Lusaka.

The U-17 team that participated at the COSAFA tournament in Mauritius last week trained in the morning while the back-up squad training session was set for the afternoon.