ACCORDING to Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) , it was in the hands of World football governing body FIFA to decide which stadium was more suitable to host the upcoming World Cup qualifiers match between Zambia and Tunisia.
Without a lot of details, FIFA settled for Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in nations second city of Ndola on the Copperbelt at the expense of National Heroes Stadium in capital Lusaka.
“Following the guidance from FIFA on venues for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) wishes to announce that Levy Mwanawasa Stadium will host the match between Zambia and Tunisia which will be held on September 7, 2021” FAZ media said.
FIFA has also confirmed the kickoff time as 13:00 hours for the clash against the Carthage Eagles at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium. Head of Qualifiers and International Matches at FIFA Gordon Savic disclosed that timings and venues were a prerogative of FIFA to decide.
“Please kindly note that all the different elements had to be taken into account including optimizing the best-possible exposure and avoiding important overlaps in terms of TV coverage. Several countries will play their home matches on foreign soil on account of having their stadia unfit for hosting international matches,” FAZ Communications manager Sydney Mungala said.