Zambia, Ghana relations could sour, warns Zambian govt

The Zambian government says the ill-treatment of it’s National Team in Ghana on the eve of the 2014 World Cup qualifier encounter could sour the cordial relation between the two countries.

Government Representative in the delegation who is also Deputy Minister of Sports Stephen Masumba said what transpired in Ghana is sad and hoped authorities from that country will be engaged to resolve the issue. Speaking on arrival, Masumba said short of not resolving what transpired was likely sour the good relation the two countries have enjoyed.

The Football Association of Zambia says its team was ill-treated on the eve of the crucial match. FAZ says the team was forced to train on gravel-laden pitch after being denied entry to the stadium. The Zambian Football Association said as the team was training outside the stadium in the evening of September 5, fans from Ghana booed the team and throw objects that went to hit one of the players James Chamanga on his face.

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But the Ghana Football Association (GFA) dismissed the reports.

“The Ghana FA wishes to express its reservation over the latest attempt by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to manipulate the media by twisting the facts and deceiving the public following their inability to train at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Thursday,” Ghana FA stated in a press statement released Sunday to Zambian Eye.

“While the GFA has offered a hand of friendship by bending FIFA rules to accommodate the request of the Zambians, they have opted to report false information to the media to cover up for their failings.”

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