Zambia has joined the ranks as the third country in the African continent to embrace the revolutionary Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology in football.
This followed the Football Association of Zambia’s (FAZ) decision to use Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology during the ABSA Cup final between MUZA and Forest Rangers.
Marking a pivotal moment in the nation’s sporting history, Zambia’s adoption of VAR promises to elevate the standards of fair play and decision-making, setting a precedent for football across Africa.
With this progressive step, Zambia aims to enhance the accuracy and transparency of crucial match incidents, ensuring that the beautiful game continues to evolve with the latest technological advancements.
“We have been working in the background to see how we can try out the VAR,” FAZ president Andrew Kamanga confirmed the development during the COSAFA Annual General Meeting in South Africa following the approval by FIFA and CAF.
“An announcement was made some time back about VAR. In the last one month, we have been working very closely with FIFA and CAF to try and see if we can showcase VAR at the ABSA Cup final.
“Still early days, but if it will work we will see because ultimately, this is technology that we need to have to be able to minimise the issues of errors in referees and the complaints around match officiating.”