THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has announced that the newly built Heroes National Stadium in Lusaka will host two of the Morocco 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers. With the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium hosting the first qualifier against Mozambique on September 6, FAZ yesterday said that the last two home qualifiers in Group F against Niger on October 15 and the Cape Verde on November 19 will be in Lusaka in the new 60, 000-seater stadium. The two qualifiers at the Heroes National Stadium would be played on midweek (Wednesdays) and would be the first competitive matches played at the newly constructed stadium. This announcement is in line what FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya earlier stated that he would rather have some games be played in Ndola and other in Lusaka so both Copperbelt and Lusaka fans get a feel of the Chipolopolo. FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe said yesterday that after the Mozambique home qualifier, attention for the remaining home ties would shift to the Lusaka. “It has been decided that some of Zambia’s 2015 Morocco Africa Cup qualifiers which are extremely important in this year’s calendar will be played at the new Heroes National Stadium in Lusaka. As earlier announced, the Mozambique game will be at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium but the games against Niger on October 15 and the game against Cape Verde on November 19 will both be played in Lusaka at Heroes,” Tembwe said. Meanwhile, Heroes National Stadium will next weekend host the friendly match between Zambia and Sudan.
Times of Zambia