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FIFA Lifts Ban on Nkana


The pre-season drama continues thick and fast in the FAZ Super Division with Nkana today breathing a sigh of relief after FIFA lifted the international player transfer ban imposed on the record 13-time Zambian champions.

Nkana were slapped with a transfer ban following a contractual dispute with Ghana-born goalkeeper Stephen Adams who barely kicked a ball at Wusakile two seasons ago when he left less than six-months into a three-year deal.

“The world football governing body FIFA has lifted a transfer ban imposed Nkana Football Club following a dispute with Ghanaian goalkeeper Stephen Adams. In a letter to Nkana FC dated 23 September 2020, FIFA Head of Players’ Status, Erika Montemor Ferreira acknowledged receipt of the communication of the legal representative of the player confirming that the parties involved in the matter have settled the matter ,” Nkana said in a statement.The Ministry of Health has called for intensified enforcement of public health guidelines to look at protocols and systems to be put in place with regard to border management in the wake of COVID-19. Ministry of Health Chief Environmental Health Officer Doreen Sakala said the ministry is concerned with inconsistencies with regards to adherence levels among members of the public. Ms. Sakala was speaking this morning during a cross border meeting which was organized to look at the protocols and systems to be put in place in the wake of COVID-19 in Chirundu District. She disclosed that some bar owners have started operating during the week which is against President Edgar Lungu’s directive for bars to open only over the weekends under strict guidelines. She added that overcrowding in public places has continued, a situation which she said may worsen the COVID-19 situation in the country. Ms Sakala further noted an increase in Brought In Dead (BIDs) to health facilities in the district. And officially opening the meeting, acting Chirundu District Administrative Officer Samunyuna Kahinga encouraged the participants to harness the prevailing protocols in order to deal with COVID-19 at points of entry. The consultative meeting will contribute to improved engagement, cross border coordination and ensuring that the points of entry officials are capacitated to continue with operations relating to human mobility and trade facilitation within the context of public health guidelines amid COVID-19. The cross border meeting was organized with support from International Organization for Migration (IOM) and brought different players from both the government agencies and multilateral agencies from Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The news is a huge relief for the defending FAZ Super Division champions who have endured a turbulent 2020/2021 pre-season build-up following a raft of player departures.

Notably on that list is midfielder Kelvin Mubanga who jumped ship to join Nkana’s Copperbelt arch rivals and league champion predecessors Zesco United while striker Idris Mbombo is also believed to be seeking a move away from the Kitwe giants.

Furthermore, Nkana’s financial guarantees of 2020/2021 CAF Champions League participation are in the balance after the clubs sponsors Mopani Copper Mines said they would not be footing the team’s continental campaign budget.

Source: Lusaka Times