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FIFA Investigates Misconduct Involving Zambia Women’s World Cup Team

FIFA, the world’s governing body for soccer, has confirmed that it is currently investigating a complaint of alleged misconduct involving the Zambia Women’s National team at the Women’s World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand.

The investigation comes after British newspaper The Guardian published a report blaming Zambia’s coach, Bruce Mwape, of inappropriate behavior towards a player during a training session. The serious nature of the claims has incited FIFA to make a quick move and start a thorough investigation.

FIFA Investigates Misconduct Involving Zambia Women's World Cup Team

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Zambia’s very first appearance at the Women’s world Cup was damaged by the surfacing of charges of sexual abuse inside the women’s soccer arrangement before the competition.

Reports of misbehavior within the team were brought to the attention of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), driving them to open an investigation concerning the matter. However, at that time, there were no official complaints, and the identities of the individuals involved were not disclosed.

The recent complaint revealed by The Guardian focuses on an incident allegedly witnessed by Zambia players during a training session. As indicated by the report, coach Bruce Mwape is blamed for inappropriately touching a player, specifically her breasts.

The gravity of the charges has incited FIFA to make a quick move and launch a formal investigation to ascertain the veracity of the claims.

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Because of the serious claims, FIFA has communicated its commitment to addressing to any misconduct within the sport seriously. The organization has a robust process in place for individuals within football to report incidents of misconduct confidently and without fear of reprisals.

With secrecy being central during progressing investigation, FIFA refrained from providing specific details about the case. A FIFA representative confirmed the receipt of the complaint against the Zambian Women’s National team and assured the public that the matter was being thoroughly investigated.

The representative underlined FIFA’s obligation to taking care of such charges with extreme attention with utmost care and discretion.

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ)

The FAZ, answerable for managing football affairs in Zambia, has likewise answered the charges. In an official statement on social media, Reuben Kamanga, the FAZ’s general secretary, expressed surprise at the reported misconduct by Coach Bruce Mwape.

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Kamanga reiterated that the FAZ had not received any formal complaints from players or officials who traveled to the World Cup.

The FAZ declared that it maintained high standards of integrity and transparency and would not hesitate to take disciplinary measures against anyone found guilty of misconduct. The association emphasized the importance of official complaints and the presentation of evidence before taking any action.

Since the charges surfaced, Coach Bruce Mwape has confronted examination and inquiries from the media. He completely denied the allegations, alluding to them as “counterfeit” and based on reports. Mwape maintained his innocence and expressed his commitment to continuing his role as the coach of the Zambia Women’s National team.

The investigation concerning the misconduct compliant has created a shadow over Zambia’s inaugural World Cup campaign. The team’s journey in the tournament was marked by challenges, with losses to Spain and Japan. However, the team managed to secure a historic victory over Costa Rica, which was celebrated as a significant achievement for women’s football in the country.

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