Monday Aug 09, 2021. 09:02
The Football Association of Zambia has indicated that the 2021/2022 FAZ Super League season would kick off after September 6.
But FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala said the season-opening Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu Memorial Charity Shield final will be played on August 21 at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka.
Kashala said the tight timeline ahead of the looming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B qualifiers that will run from August 30 to September 7 will be prioritised over domestic engagements.
Chipolopolo will face Mauritania away on September 1 in Nouakchott on match-day-one and then host Tunisia on match-day-two in Ndola on September 5.
“We are happy to start the league I think anytime soon but obviously we know we have just broken off from the previous season and we are preparing to get into the 2021/2022 soccer season,” Kashala said.
Clubs have just completed the second week of the 2021/2022 pre-season since the league ended on June 27.
“In doing so, we are all aware of the rescheduled 2022 World Cup qualifiers that also have an effect on how we plan for the start of the new league,” Kashala said.
“So obviously we are all of the view that we could first of all start with our ceremonial game which is the Charity Shield and thereafter we should be able to look at starting the league.”
Kashala said the FAZ secretariat presented its proposals for the commencement of the league to the FAZ executive committee that met on August 7 in Lusaka for approval.
“Once approved, we will make it available but one thing for sure is we wouldn’t want to start the league late this month and then break for another two weeks because we may just compromise on setting the pace,” Kashala said.
“So we prefer to start running the league for a number of weeks before we get into the next set of World Cup qualifier games that are coming up this October and November.
“I’m sure we are going to lose quite a lot of time coming to the World Cup qualifiers because we have two weeks in each month starting from September through into November.
“We have to play six games in the World Cup qualifiers until November so that has an effect on our league.”