ZAMBIA withdraws from Rugby (CAR) under 19 tournament

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Zambia Rugby Football Union

By ELIAS CHIPEPO –
ZAMBIA has been forced to withdraw from competing at the Confederations of African Rugby (CAR) under 19 tournament after failing to secure a flight into Tunisia for the championship that starts on August 27 to 31.
Zambia Rugby Union (ZRU) president Martin Musunka said in an interview in Kabwe yesterday that CAR had sent £23,000 (about K193,200) for the union to buy tickets for the team that was supposed to go into residential camp today.
Musunka said efforts by both CAR and the ZRU to secure seats for the team has failed as all flights into Tunisia are fully booked adding that even attempts to make the team go into batches equally failed.
“The ZRU has informed CAR about the development and we have further instructed our bankers to return the money to our rugby motherbody as it could not be used for its intended purpose. Flights are fully booked owing to holidays in Europe. It is quite unfortunate and all the affiliates have been informed of this development,” Musunka said.
He has since called on the players not to report for camp for today as earlier scheduled and commended the coaching staff for ensuring that everything was in place for the training programme.
Meanwhile, Musunka said the decision to postpone the International Castle Sevens tournament was arrived at after careful consideration of the logistical requirement needed to hold successful major tournaments.

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