The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) have produced a video to highlight awareness around the COVID-19 pandemic that sees local administrators and players in the sport lend their voice to the campaign.
These include FAZ President Andrew Kamanga, General Secretary Adrian Kashala, Chipolopolo stars Fashion Sakala and Bruce Musakanya, and Copper Queens defender Margaret Belemu.
The message is clear, that in order to halt the spread of the virus, fans must play their part in abiding by the regulations set down by government,” Kamanga said.
“We all miss soccer action following the suspension of all our local leagues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has not spared all Zambia national team engagements, such as CHAN 2020, AFCON 2021 and World Cup 2022 qualifiers, and the women’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“By following the ministry of health guidelines, let’s give the COVID-19 coronavirus the boot.”
Zambia has so far recorded 1,089 cases of the virus in the country, with seven deaths. This is from 28,236 tests conducted.
Meanwhile, supporters in all COSAFA nations are urged to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, which include:
Wash your hands frequently: Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth: Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene: Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early: Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.