FAZ reschedules 2017 Charity Shield fixtures

The Football Association of Zambia (Faz) has rescheduled the 2017 Samuel Zoom Ndhlovu Charity Shield fixtures after factoring in Caf Confederation Cup fixtures which Zesco United will be involved in.

The semi-finals were originally scheduled to be played on Wednesday 29 before they were pushed back to Saturday, April 1 while the final which was initially scheduled for April 1 had been rescheduled to Saturday, April 8.

But the football governing body has now pushed the semi-finals forward to Thursday, March 30 and the final to Sunday, April 2.

FAZ Communications Manager Desmond Katongo told that apart from the changes in the dates there were also changes in the venue for the semi-finals.

"We had told the clubs that the semi-finals will be played in Ndola at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium but that has also changed. The semi-finals will be played as a double-header at Arthur Davies Stadium Stadium in Kitwe on Thursday," Katongo said.

"The line-up of the fixtures has not been affected by these changes so the first semifinal remains the match between Zesco United and Power Dynamos while Zanaco and Nkana will play the second semifinal.

"When we rescheduled the Charity Shield fixtures we had not taken into account Zesco United's participation in the Caf Confederation Cup but they are scheduled to play against Enugu Rangers during the same weekend we we had planned to have the final. So to avoid a clash of fixtures and to give Zesco United ample time to prepare for their match in Nigeria, we had to make these changes. "

Katongo added that the venue for the the final would be announced at a later date.

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