NEIGHBOURS Zambia are reportedly ready to replace the Warriors at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in the event Zimbabwe is banned by the football’s world governing body ahead of tournament kick-off.
The AFCON finals kick off on Sunday.
Fifa threatened to ban Zimbabwe if the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) does not reverse its decision to suspend the Zifa leadership by 3 January.
This has, however, not happened.
By virtue of finishing behind the Warriors in the qualifying group, Zambia’s Chipolopolo are in line to replace Zimbabwe in the event FIFA follow through with its threat to ban the country.
According to BBC Sport Africa, the Zambians are ready to assemble a team and travel to Cameroon.
“We have keenly followed the development in Zimbabwe and have always remained open to being part of the Nations Cup if Zimbabwe is banned,” Sidney Mungala, the Zambian FA’s media officer said.
“Given the length of the time before the tournament kicks off, we would have hoped that this matter would have been resolved by now,” said Mungala.
Nations Cup regulations state that any team that withdraws “after its qualification in the final tournament, but before its actual start, shall be replaced by the team classified next in the group.
Fifa disapproves of governmental interference in the running of member associations and has banned countries from all forms of football as a result in the past.