The Zambia U-17 Women’s national team and the Men’s team will not wear KoPa kit at the tournament, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has confirmed.
The Association also announced that the Under-17 Men’s National Team has settled in Malawi ahead of the TotalEnergies U-17 Africa Cup of Nations in Algeria next year.
FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala says the U-17 Girls are expected to leave for Malawi today (Tuesday).
“For the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region V Games, it is a government program with FAZ only providing the athletes. Our role in this activity is very limited but we have no doubt that our teams will excel. There is a requirement for specifically branded attire for the tournament” Kashala told FAZ Media.
“The U-17 boys’ tournament is particularly important because it is a qualifier for the Africa Cup of Nations while the girls are defending champions for the crown they won in Maseru.”
Kashala confirmed that Young Copper Bullets and the Copper Princesses will not be clad in KoPa for the Region V Games as the government had kitted all the participating teams.
“For the Region V Games, our football teams will be in attire that is in tandem with the rest of Team Zambia as mandated by the government for this tournament.”
The Zambia U17 girls will open their title defence on Thursday against Botswana while the boys will open their account on Saturday against Mozambique.