Zambia investigates allegations of sexual abuse in women’s football

Zambia’s football federation opened an investigation on Friday into allegations of sexual abuse in women’s football and said it was taking allegations made on social media seriously enough to ask police for help with the investigation.

The Zambian Football Association said there was no record of an official complaint.

But there were accusations that players on the women’s team – which will compete in next year’s World Cup – were victims of abuse at the hands of the coaching staff.

No one has been identified in the case.

“We will collaborate with the Zambian Police Service and other relevant stakeholders to address this matter,” FAZ Secretary General Adrian Kashala said in a statement.

Kashala said the national football body is encouraging anyone with information or evidence to come forward.

Zambia’s women’s team has been a success story in recent years, qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, finishing third at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations and also qualifying for the first time for the Women’s World Cup.

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