SHEPOLOPOLO forward Misozi Zulu says the team is disappointed with the no-show by opponents Zimbabwe for the 2020 Olympics qualifier on Sunday.
Speaking after the match was called off at National Sports Stadium, Misozi who plies her trade in Europe said the girls were disappointed with the hosts’ action.
“We had prepared for this game and wanted to play. I am very disappointed with Zimbabwe,” said Misozi.
And coach Bruce Mwape said Zimbabwe had denied his team a chance to play a match that was crucial in preparing for the next round.
“It is actually very unfortunate. We were much geared for this game but this kind of arrangement is not acceptable where a nation can fail to raise up a team and fail to fulfil their fixture,” he said.
Mwape said his players would now focus on the next round.
“They are mentally prepared for next game as they were gunning for win,” he said.
Zambia won the first leg 5-0 in Lusaka but the Zimbabwean team failed to raise a team for the return match after some clubs withdrew their players 24 hours before the match.
The concerned parties will wait for FIFA to make its ruling after the match commissioner Lida Manjate from Mozambique called off the game.
The next round will see Zambia face either Botswana or South Africa, who drew 0-0 in the first leg in Gaborone with the second leg set for Tuesday.