Zambia National Team tour to Goa looks doubtful - report

The 2012 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) winners are due to visit Goa later this month, but the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said that they are yet to hear from the visitors
Goa, one of the few football hubs of India, is set to welcome Zambia, the reigning African Cup of Nations champions, to the state later this month. But the visit looks doubtful as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) revealed that there was no response from the African champions regarding the tour.

The team's visit is sponsored by Konkola Copper Mines - a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources - who have a major stake in Sesa Goa. But as the team have not obtained the required permission from the AIFF, the tour is increasingly unlikely to happen this month.

"There is no direct communication from Zambia with the AIFF. I'm yet to hear anything from them. Zambia must write to us officially. We have to seek permission from the ministry of sports as a foreign team is involved," said AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das to The Times of India.

The reigning AFCON champs' are due to tour India this month

The reigning AFCON champions had trained in Goa last year and had played matches against a Goa XI and the Indian national team with the Africans emerging victorious on both occasions. The team then went on to upset the odds as they claimed their first African Cup of Nations title by defeating favourites Ivory Coast in the final.

Those in the circle of things regarding this visit inform that Zambia officials were in touch with the Sesa Football Academy who were expected to be the hosts. But Kushal Das clarified that permissions would have to be obtained from the AIFF and not the Goa Football Association (GFA)

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