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Zambia opens sexual abuse inquiry in ladies’s sport

2022-09-23 11:40:11


Zambia’s FA has launched its investigation after social media claims

Zambia’s Soccer Affiliation (Faz) has opened an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse within the ladies’s sport following varied claims on social media.

The information comes simply two months after the highs of Zambia qualifying for the Girls’s World Cup for the primary time within the workforce’s historical past.

Faz says it has acquired no official grievance as but however has launched an inquiry in a bid to deal with any doable situation.

“Though we now have no document of official complaints from anybody on the allegations, we think about these allegations very severe and have opened an inquiry into the matter,” Faz Normal Secretary Adrian Kashala stated in an announcement.

“We will collaborate with the Zambia Police Service and different related stakeholders in coping with this matter.”

“We now have since written to the Zambia Police to ask anybody with proof to assist with investigations. The nation shall be notified of the end result of the inquiries as soon as concluded.”

“Till then, we will present no additional touch upon this matter.”

Kashala added that preparations for the 2023 Girls’s World Cup ‘stay on the right track’, with a pleasant on 6 October towards the Netherlands in Breda unaffected.

Girls’s soccer in Zambia has been on the rise in recent times, with the ladies’s workforce taking part in on the Olympics for the primary time final yr earlier than reaching their first Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals in July.

This achievement got here with computerized qualification for subsequent yr’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Earlier this month, the workforce gained the Cosafa Girls’s Championship for the primary time in its historical past, with recently-recalled Barbra Banda scoring 10 targets in simply 5 video games.

Native soccer authorities has requested that anybody with any data that may assist with the inquiry ought to ‘come ahead and report both to Faz or regulation enforcement companies’.

Zambia is the third African nation to probe sexual allegation claims within the final 12 months.

Earlier this yr, 5 people have been arrested, with some later launched, over allegations of paedophilia in Gabon whereas Sierra Leone suspended its ladies’s soccer coach final yr because it investigated abuse claims.

This month, a former Zimbabwe Soccer Affiliation (Zifa) official was banned from soccer for 5 years for sexually harassing three feminine referees.

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