ABSA Cup deferred to next year

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) and ABSA Bank Zambia have announced the postponment of the 2019/2020 ABSA Cup to next year arising from the challenges posed by the covid-19.

In a joint statement by FAZ and ABSA the two institutions indicated that the 2019/2020 edition will still staged to allow teams that qualified not lose out.

Kabwe Warriors are among the teams who qualified for this year’s tournament.

Full Press Release

For Immediate Release Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Headline: Absa Bank Zambia PLC and Football Association of Zambia announce deferment of the Absa Cup Tournament to 2021

Lusaka – Absa Bank Zambia PLC and the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) have today officially announced that the 2020 Absa Cup tournament that was scheduled to take off in March, has been deferred in the face of COVID-19 cases and will resume next year at dates to be announced.

Commenting on the development, Absa Bank Zambia PLC Head of Marketing and Corporate Relations, Mato Shimabale said, “After taking into account the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have come to an amicable decision with the Football Association of Zambia to the cancel the 2020 tournament. The cancellation based on the current health concerns and the decision has been made in the best interest of all stakeholders, particularly the players and team officials. As sponsors of the Absa Cup, we remain committed to sponsoring this tournament in line with our obligation to be a ‘Force for Good’ in the communities we operate. We are fully committed in supporting the growth of Zambian football and the talent that we have among the youth in line with the Bank’s purpose of bringing possibilities to life”.

Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) General Secretary, Mr Adrian Kashala said, “While we are saddened that we have had to defer the tournament to next year owing to the prevailing health crisis in the country, we are happy that partners like Absa continue to commit to the development of Zambian football particularly during these challenging and unprecedented times. While the cancellation of the tournament this year is disappointing to the football fans there was however no other way under the prevailing Covid-19 crisis that prescribes strict guidelines to stage matches. We look forward to a spectacular tournament next year.”

“Our commitment to the game of football remains unwavering and we will explore the option of having an expanded tournament next year. I would like to sincerely thank our partners namely the Sports and Health Ministries, FAZ and SuperSport for their continued support and cooperation in working with the Bank during this sponsorship” Mr Shimabale added

Absa is also the official African Banking Partner of the English Premier League that will be resuming in September 2020 and the Bank is pleased that this will provide sporting entertainment for local fans, particularity during this challenging period.

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