Poor planning: Zambian soccer team tour of India hangs in balance


PANAJI: African Cup of Nations champions Zambia’s proposed tour to Goa later this month is hanging by a thread after the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said they are yet to hear from the visitors.

Konkola Copper Mines, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources — who have a major stake in Sesa Goa — are sponsoring the team’s visit to Goa, but with the African champions yet to obtain permission from the AIFF, the tour looks unlikely to go ahead later this month.

“There is no direct communication from Zambia with the AIFF. I am yet to hear anything from them. Zambia must write to us officially, we then have to seek permission from the ministry of sports since a foreign team is involved. As of now, there is no progress,” AIFF general secretary Kushal Das told Times of India on Tuesday.

Zambia had trained in Goa last year and were involved in two friendlies against Goa XI and India XI.

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