A NUMBER of Zimbabwean footballers in Zambia are likely to remain in the neighbouring country despite a premature end to the league last week.
This comes after the Football Association of Zambia executive decided that the 2020/2021 season will commence on October 17.
To that effect, H-Metro gathered, a number of clubs have instructed their players to turn up for preseason the first week of September.
Most of the players are still in Zambia owing to the coronavirus travelling restrictions and will likely fail to spend the three-weeks break with their families here back home.
The clubs want to start preseason early to address fitness concerns that came due to the lockdown period that started in March.
“We are still in Zambia and the situation is very tricky. Here they want us to start the preseason early since the dates for the forthcoming season have been already announced,” said Lumwana Radiants’ Dominic Chungwa.
H-Metro understands some of the players are not seeing the logic of coming home since they would be required to go into quarantine – a period equal to their ‘offseason’
“There are issues to do with travelling, at the border and also the time you are going to spend in quarantine. So we are still looking at it, that is a good idea since they want us to start early here,” added Chungwa.
Kabwe Warriors midfielder Ali Sadiki said he is unaware if they will get the chance to return to Zimbabwe this year.
He, however, confirmed they are beginning pre-season the beginning of next month.
“There is no any communication as of now but as of pre-season we are starting next month,” said Sadiki.
Donald Teguru, who is at Buildcon, said the wish is they return home to have time with families before the start of the new season.
Teguru is among the players that left the country early this and never got the chance to return after Covid-19 outbreak.
“We are supposed to come back home but they (Buildcon) are quiet about it for now, so we are waiting to hear from them which means anytime,” said Teguru.
His teammate Takudzwa Chimwemwe said the club is committed to give their foreign players a chance to visit their families.
“Yes we have to come home, the club wants us to come home and they are working on getting tickets and flights that can get us home.
“But the other problem is preseason is set to begin in September, we will just see how it goes,” said Chimwemwe.
Some of the players said there is no hope that they will get time to visit their families.
However, Red Arrows striker is back in the country having been cleared to travel after his team’s last game.
The Zambia Super League is home to more than 20 Zimbabwean players with most of them joining during the January transfer window.