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Austrian based duo striker Patson Daka and midfielder Enock Mwepu resumed group training on tuesday morning with their Redbull Salzburg teammates at the Taxham training centre.

The Austrian Tipico Bundesliga has been on halt since early March due to the worldwide outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.

For public health preservation purposes, the squad has been divided into four small groups of six players each with one goalkeeper in each group according to the club ’s official website .

Chipolopolo striker Patson Daka will train with Swiss goalkeeper Philipp Köhn , skipper Andre Ulmer , Max Wöber and the midfield duo of Hungarian sensation Dominik  Szoboszlai and former PSG midfielder Antoine Bernede .

"The Computer" Enock Mwepu will train alongside veteran goalkeeper Alexander Walke , defenders Patrick Farkas and Jerome Onguéné , Mërgim Berisha and star forward Hee - Chan Hwang.

In order to be as safe as possible , every person involved in the sessions ( players, coaches and support staff ) has already undergone coronavirus tests , which all came back negative .

Head coach Jesse Marsch is happy to return to training and wants to use whatever is available to prepare for the remainder of the season .

“ We are really pleased to be able to return to the pitch. Even if we can ’t train yet in the usual way, it is an important step . Our aim now is to get the most we can out of what is available for us and to give our all and to be ready for the next step. We are determined to finish the season , ” he said .

And Captain of the team Andre Ulmer is also pleased about getting back onto the training pitch and said:

"Training at home was a good and intensive. We can ’t wait to play football now , and we are pleased to be able to return to the training pitch. I am really looking forward to hitting my first passes and first crosses."

Salzburg is currently second on the log with 24 points after 22 games and are just three points shy of log leaders LASK Linz .

Source:Zamfoot 《》 Rhodesia Times

Zambia National Soccer Team coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has disclosed that he will be holding a high -level course for all top-tier goalkeeper coaches.

Zambia is in a goalkeeper transition period with no clear heir to Kennedy Mweene who has taken an international sabbatical.

“The first activity that we shall make once this covid-19 is done is that we shall have a course for goalkeeping coaches,” Micho said.

“It is a very crucial aspect because you cannot speak about goalkeeping coaching if goalkeeping coaches at their clubs are not at the required level.

“I have brought a goalkeeping coach that is one missing factor that has let down Zambian football so much. We have set up a Zambian football academy that will have an identity.

“This goalkeeping coach that I have brought Miroslav Istonic has set a very strong standard in five different countries that I do not want to speak about.”

Meanwhile, five goalkeepers have been tested in competitiveand friendly action since Mweene’s last appearence in November 2018 that has seen Green Eagles Sebastian Mwange and Toaster Nsabata of Zanaco prominent in that rotation.

Source: LT 《》 RT

ZAMBIA National team player Fashion Sakala jnr is being eyed by English Premier League and Spanish La Liga according to media reports.

Sakala plays for Belgian side KV Oostende and reports suggests he has attracted interest from EPL and La Liga sides.

Former Zambia Under-20 player who recently joined the 2018 Forbes world's second most valuable Sports Agency is Closely monitored by West Ham United, Newcaslte and Sevilla.

The Hammers are currently third from last on the EPL table with only 27 points from 29 games with their number striker Sébastian Haller netting only seven goals in 27 matches while Ukrainian forward Andriy Yarmolenko has managed only 3 strikes in 15 matches .

With the above stats , The three - time FA Cup Champions can surely use the services of Fashion Sakala who has proven to be a ‘ goal - hungry ’ striker .

Other clubs linked to Sakala are Newcastle United and Sevilla .

FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA President Andrew Kamanga says it is unprecedented that Football House has been able to sustainably foot over half of the Chipolopolo coach’s salary.

New Chipolopolo coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has yet to sign his contract due to a bureaucratic delay at the Ministry of Sports.

However, Kamanga said in a radio interview on Tuesday that FAZ was currently footing its 60 percent stake in Micho’s dues while Government has set aside US$10,000.00 for the coach’s monthly pay.

“I am actually surprised that you have not even mentioned that for the first time, the FAZ has committed resources to pay the national coach in addition to what the Government is paying so that ultimately if we were financially independent that is a matter that the FAZ should be able to address,” Kamanga said.

“That aside, that even now, within the limitations of what we have, we are able to contribute $15,000 to the coach’s salary is a good start.”

Micho was hired in February, 2020 and took charge of his first assignment on March 12 in Chipolopolo’s 1-0 friendly win over Malawi at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.

But the momentum has been halted due to the Coronavirus pandemic that has forced all domestic and international competitive games to be postponed.

COSAFA STILL HOPEFUL OF STAGING 2020 TOURNAMENTS



COSAFA are still hopeful they will stage all their competitions this year despite the disruption to its regional tournament calendar by the Coronavirus pandemic.

COSAFA secretary general Sue Destombes said the regional football body remains positive despite the first casualty of the pandemic being the postponed 2020 COSAFA Women’s U17 Cup that was set for April 17-26 in Mauritius.

Its flagship COSAFA Cup tournament is next on the schedule from June 13-27.

“Notwithstanding the Coronavirus which is currently ongoing, COSAFA’s commitment is to still stage as many of our six tournaments as possible in 2020,” Destombes said.

“Obviously, what may get in the way of that is simply timing depending when the lock-down in South Africa is lifted and in other countries in our region.

“But certainly, where ever possible, we will be looking forward to staging our tournaments this year.”

Zambia are the defending champions in the COSAFA Cup, COSAFA U20 and COSAFA U17 tournaments.

They finished third at the COSAFA U17 Women’s Cup.

Shepolopolo finished second in both the COSAFA Women’s U20 Cup and COSAFA Women’s Cup.

Source: Lusaka Times 《》Rhodesia Times

My Prayer For Football Fever Is To Resume So Soon- Zambia's Mwepu
 
 
 
Chipolopolo and Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Enock Mwepu is looking forward to the resumption of football when the coronavirus pandemic subdues.
 
Covid-19 has halted sport activities globally after affecting over 200 countries.
 
In Austria where Mwepu is based, close to 14,000 cases have been confirmed with about 350 deaths and slightly over 6,900 recoveries.
 
Speaking by phone from his base in Austria, Mwepu said he is striving to keep himself fit during the covid-19 induced recess.
 
He also talked about his safety in Wals Town.
 
“I am training alone at home where it is safe. I am always training every day and I am safe here. I am keeping myself fit,” Mwepu said.
 
“This situation is tough. We just pray that things gets back to normal and we all get back to what we do,” he said.
 
Mwepu is urging the public back home in Zambia to stay safe and follow covid-19 guidelines from experts.
 
“Let our people follow instructions from health experts. Let them do things like regular hand wash. When this disease spread much it will be sad,” he concluded.
 
Mwepu and his friend Chikabala Kaleta recently donated hand washing kit to residents of his home locality Chambishi in a bid to fight the spread of the virus.
 
Source:Lusaka Times 《》Rhodesia Times
MALAWI: FISCHER BLESSED WITH A NEW ROLE AT BULLETS
 
 
 
Nyasa Big Bullets Football Club has given its long serving player, Fischer Kondowe, a new role at the club as he was not on the list of the club’s squad to play in the 2020 season.
 
The hard working winger who is in his late 30s was not given chance recently to renew his contract with Bullets, an indication that he was not in the plans of Zimbabwean coach, Callisto Pasuwa.
 
His mother was on record asking the club to consider her son either to continue playing or given any other job related to football.
 
Reports now indicate that the club has recruited him as an assistant coach for the club.
 
Speaking on a local radio station, Administrative and Marketing Manager for Nyasa Big Bullets, Albert Chigoga, said Kondowe has the ability to bring impact on other players in his new role as assistant coach.
 
“We thought of giving him this role and we hope he will deliver,” Chigoga said.
 
Under Calisto Pasuwa, other assistants include Peter Mponda and Heston Munthali.
Taking his turn, Kondowe said it felt good as he will still be close to the players.
 
“It’s a welcome development because I will still be close to the players and can even train with them. I hope to learn more from the coaches that are already there,” he said.
 
Kondowe’s footballing career spins through twenty years. He was among the Bullets squad that played in CAF in 2004 and went as far as the quarter finals, eliminating Orlando Pirates of South Africa along the way. He was well known for his speed on the flanks and swift crosses into the box.
 
Source:Nyasa Times 《》Rhodesia Times

Player Status Guidlines During Covid-19 Outbreak Officially Issued By FIFA



FIFA has issued official player status guidelines to member associations’ that have suspended their domestic competitions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The guidelines also include temporal adjustments to the release of players for official matches during the International Match Windows from March and April heading into the next match-week in June.

FIFA has stated that due to the unique nature of prevailing situation, that has seen member associations (MA’s) postpone domestic and continental club competitions; transfers and ongoing loan deals of players shall be determined by the subsequent conclusion of the current seasons after the respective lock-downs are lifted.

“Where an agreement is due to expire at the original end date of a season, such expiry be extended until the new end date of the season,” FIFA stated.

“Where an agreement is due to commence at the original start date of a new season, such commencement be delayed until the new start date of a new season.

“In the event of overlapping seasons and/or registration periods, and unless all parties agree otherwise, priority be given to the former club to complete their season with their original squad, in order to safeguard the integrity of a domestic league, member associations competition and continental competition.”

FIFA has also clarified that all players whose contracts have been terminated due to the Covid-19 pandemic are free agents.

“As an exception to article 6 paragraph 1 of the FIFA Registration, Status and Transfer of Players, a professional whose contract has expired or been terminated as a result of COVID-19 has the right to be registered by an association outside a registration period, regardless of the date of expiry or termination,” FIFA stated.

Zurich also encouraged all member associations and stakeholders to try where possible to resolve all contractual disputes arising from the Covid-19 fallout, internally.

FIFA also asked clubs to ensure the financial adjustments brought about by the pandemic should still be of economic value for their players and staff.

Meanwhile, FIFA has said it will confer with respective confederations on resumption of international men’s, women’s, and futsal competitions that have been postponed to later dates in 2020 or rescheduled to 2021.

“On 13 March 2020, the Bureau of the FIFA Council decided that the rules which normally oblige clubs to release players to association teams will not apply for international windows in March and April. The core decision was that:

-Clubs are not obliged to release their registered players to association teams.

-If a club agrees to release a registered player to an association team, the player may decline the call-up.

-Any such decisions shall not be subject to disciplinary measure
– If a player is unable to resume duty with their club by the relevant deadline due to COVID-19, the association and/or the player shall not be subject to any future restrictions or disciplinary measures.

-The following international windows are subject to this decision:

-23-31 March 2020 (men’s international match calendar),

-6-15 April 2020 (women’s international match calendar),

-6-15April 2020 (futsal international match calendar).

“On April 6, 2020, the same decision was rendered by the Bureau regarding the next international window in June 2020 (1-9 June 2020, men’s international match calendar – 1-10 June 2020, women’s international match calendar).”

Source: Super sport 《》 Rhodesia Times

Patrick Gondwe recently found himself whisked away from his home country of Zambia to the Spanish city of Soria – where you can find the CD Numancia football club. Here’s how it all happened.

In February 2020, one of Zambia’s brightest young football stars got the chance to train with his talented counterparts in Spain. This was thanks to Spanish Football League, LaLiga’s commitment to sports development and their efforts to empower the youth.

The week-long trial, which was hosted by Spanish second-tier club CD Numancia, was a dream come true for Patrick Gondwe as he tested his skills against some of world’s most talented young players.

A powerful partnership and commitment to sports development of local African youth

Patrick’s journey to the historic city of Numancia began more than six thousand kilometres away in his home country, Zambia.

In December 2019, Patrick outplayed his compatriots and teammates to win the Player of the Tournament prize at the Cosafa (Council of Southern Africa Football Associations) Under-20 Championship.

The tournament forms part of the many initiatives that LaLiga and Cosafa have spearheaded in countries across Africa. From providing schools in South Africa’s less privileged areas with soccer balls, launching coaching clinics and facilitating youth festivals in Mauritius to lending a helping hand in tournaments like the Cosafa U20, the Spanish league is investing heavily in the future of the beautiful game in Africa.

LaLiga’s efforts would not have such a huge impact if it were not for their fruitful collaboration with the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa). When local knowledge and pan-African experience meet international expertise and global knowledge, great things are possible.

Marcos Pelegrin, LaLiga South Africa’s Managing Director, places an emphasis on his organisation’s strong relationships with local football councils.

“Cosafa has created an amazing space in which all the Southern African countries can compete, improve and gain experience, so the national teams are in a better shape to challenge other countries. For LaLiga, being able to collaborate with them enables the creation of more unique programmes like this one, connecting local talent to LaLiga clubs. We look forward to implementing more exciting projects for local football players and the football community at large,” he said.

From local hero to international footballer

Patrick Gondwe knew the game was really on when his stellar performances at the Cosafa U20 Championship guaranteed him a place in CD Numancia’s week-long trial.

The Spanish team is famous for its advanced training methods and diverse talent, and Patrick’s trial could result in a CD Numancia B team contract if his football skills make the grade.

The competition is intense, but Patrick is determined to make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity and not let it slip through his fingers.

A gathering place for the world’s best young footballers

CD Numancia’s challenging trials saw players from all over the world heading to Spain for an unforgettable training, and international friendship experience.

With its world-class training facilities, comfortable accommodation, and access to a variety of training and educational programmes, CD Numancia is unique in its commitment to training and international sports development.

The team operates on a three-tier basis, with the CD Numancia A, B and C teams working closely together to develop and promote young talent from around the world. As footballers move up the ranks from the C team to the famed A team, they benefit from the collective experience and training excellence that the Spanish club is known for.

The Numantinos A side, which is the jewel in CD Numancia’s crown, currently plays in LaLiga’s Second Division – LaLiga Smartbank. Their games can be watched for free, and at any time on LaLiga’s YouTube channel.

After a week of education, football action, and new friendships that will last a lifetime, the trials came to an end on 3 February. Now the wait begins for every talented player who took part as the team decides who it will offer its sought-after professional contracts.

Waiting for the call to compete

After making his mark on the Spanish football world, Patrick is back at his home club – Nkana FC – eagerly awaiting CD Numancia’s decision.

If he is selected for the Spanish side, it could be a life-changing and career-making event for this talented young player. Having proven his potential on two continents, Patrick is keen to return to Spain for the next exciting phase of his budding career. In the player’s own words, “this achievement illustrates what hard work and dedication can accomplish.”

Exceptional young footballers like Patrick Gondwe deserve every opportunity to develop their skills and launch their international careers – and initiatives such as this one aim to not only give them a once in a lifetime opportunity but also act as a springboard to launching a successful football career.

 

Source: supersport

MALAWI SPORTS: CRFA DECIDES FATE OF DWANGWA UNITED AND MLATHO MPONELA FOOTBALL CLUBS



The Central Region Football Association (CRFA) says it is meeting today to agree on what to do with three places in the Central Region Chipiku League which were supposed to be taken by relegated Super League sides namely Masters Security, Dwangwa United and Mlatho Mponela.

The association has given the three sides up to today to  tender their letters of participation despite closing registration last Saturday.

Vice General Secretary for CRFA, Antonio Manda, told a local radio station on Tuesday that the teams wrote the association to give them an extension while they were sorting some issues.

“We can’t do otherwise. If they fail to register by Wednesday [today], our rules are clear that we can promote teams from Division One to take up their places,” Manda said.

Reports indicate that the three teams are under serious financial constraints and it will be very difficult for them to participate this year.

Masters Security FC is consequently being sold.

Source: Nyasa Times 《》Rhodesia Times

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