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The head of the federation insists that they cross their fingers in the hope that Caf and Fifa’s intervention will enable African players to honor qualifications
Zambia’s FA president Andrew Kamanga has stated that the Premier League’s decision to keep African players from countries on England’s ‘red list’ will make the qualifiers unfair.
On Tuesday, Premier League clubs confirmed in a statement that they will not release players to comply with international duty if they show up for countries on the UK Red List.
The decision, which affected at least 60 players, was intended to prevent them from having to quarantine on their return to England following the international break for qualifiers scheduled for September.
Kamanga, if Chipolopolo will miss the services of Leicester City striker Patson Daka and Brighton & Hove Albion striker Enock Mwepu, if the decision stands, have explained that the qualifiers will not be fair as most of the best players in Africa nations are currently playing in England.
“If you do not have the players from the English Premier League, it will not make the World Cup competition fair because most of the best players [in Africa] currently playing in England, ”said Kamanga as quoted by Zambia FA website.
“In the worst case, we will only replace two players; Patson [Daka] and Enock [Mwepu]. It would not be so much a challenge, but we had to have the full team, but if circumstances dictate that we are not able to have it, the technical bench has introduced a measure to address the shortcomings.
“Mauritania is not on the red list, so we expect all the professionals to be in Morocco [for camping] and playing in Mauritania, the worst case scenario is that they miss the home game [against Tunisia]. ”
Zambia will play back-to-back matches against Mauritania on September 3 and Tunisia four days later.
On Wednesday, Caf l appealed to the British government to allow African players to travel to next month’s Fifa World Cup qualifier in 2022.
“Caf has taken note of the current circumstances in the UK regarding the lack of sporting exemptions for players returning from several African countries following the international window next week,” the statement read.
“Caf, acting on behalf of all African member associations, African players and fans, has called on the British government to provide the necessary exemptions as soon as possible to enable African players to compete for their countries in the upcoming Fifa World Cup Qatar. 2022 qualifiers.
“Caf notes that the British government has granted similar exemptions to enable, among others, delegations and officials to take part in the final of the European Championship, which was held less than two months ago.”
Meanwhile, Fifa president Gianni Infantino also called on the organizers of the Premier League and La Liga to reverse their decision to ban players from traveling to the qualifiers.
“We have faced global problems together in the past and must continue to do so in the future. The release of players in the coming international windows is a very urgent issue, “Infantino said in a statement.
“I am grateful for the support and cooperation of many stakeholders in the game during this challenging period. I call for a demonstration of solidarity from every member association, every league and every club to do what is both right and fair for the global game. “
Other top African teams will be affected if the Premier League order includes Nigeria and Egypt.