Chile’s second international match against Zambia was canceled on Tuesday after visitors were quarantined by local health authorities due to a tidal wave of Covid-19 cases.
The South Americans suffered a 2-1 loss to Olympic-tied Copper Queens after Barbara Banda and Racheal Nachula gave the Africans a comeback win last Thursday.
The pre-Olympic game in Santiago was in doubt from the moment Chilean health officials explained their decision regarding the Zambian tour group.
Four players from Zambia tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday after running the antigen tests before the cases were retested and returned positive.
The general coordinator of the ANFP Medical Commission, Casar Kalazich, said in a statement: « According to the hygiene protocols of the ANFP Medical Commission, we carried out the test for Covid-19 for the Zambian women’s team.
« This is why we decided to cancel this game because of the high risk it posed, » added Kalazich, who is also president of the Chilean Society for Occupational Medicine.
On the advice of the health authorities, the Chilean Football Association confirmed that the game, which is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. local time (22:30 GMT) at the Santiago National Stadium, would not take place.
Chile is preparing for a two-legged Olympic playoff competition between Africa and South America against Cameroon. The first leg is for the 18th. February in Yaoundé and the second leg planned six days later in Santiago.
Zambia, on the other hand, is preparing for its first Olympic appearance in Tokyo next year after an incredible automatic qualification at the expense of Cameroon in March of this year.
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