Zambian club NAPSA Stars have dispelled media reports that the team has resumed training against government directives.
Reports in various print and social media have been circulating suggesting that the FAZ Super Division side have been secretly training in Chongwe.
However, the club have since clarified its position saying the team is only conducting gym sessions, while observing Covid-19 regulations.
The President of Zambia Edgar Lungu has allowed gyms to open while observing Covid-19 regulations such as social distancing and sanitizing of training equipment.
“NAPSA Stars Football Club wishes to refute media reports suggesting that we have resumed training in Chongwe. Contrary to the reports, the club would like to place it on record that neither has the team resumed the trainings nor is it camped in Chongwe,” said a statement from the club.
“The team, under the tutelage of Mohamed Fathi has been having gym sessions from Mika Convention Centre and have been put in small groups in order for them to keep fit whilecontinuing to practice Covid-19 health guidelines such as social distancing as guided by the Government through the Ministry of Health.”
NAPSA have further stated that they will not put the health and well-being of its players at risk, “We have always said that the health of all our players comes first because we care for them and their families, and in the midst of the pandemic, we continue to put in place strict measures to ensure that all players follow them before, during and after the gym sessions.”
“We wish to advise the media to reach out to us through the club’s Communication Officer and verify their stories before publishing because unverified reports have potential to mislead the public.”
NAPSA currently sit second on the table with 45 points, one point behind log leaders Forest Rangers who have a game in hand.