Cambridge’s hopes of enjoying another exciting Chatham Cup run will have to wait another year as the country’s oldest club cup competition has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Zealand Football decided to shelve the ISPA Handa Chatham Cup and its women’s counterpart, the Kate Sheppard Cup, after consultation with regional federations.
“NZF explored all options and scenarios to play both the respective national cup competition but based on the strain already placed on community football across the country by COVID-19, this was the only viable outcome,” competitions and events director Kevin Forde said.
Forde said that while the cancellation was disappointing for players, coaches, fans and referees, NZF remained optimistic about the 2020 community football season taking place “in whatever shape and size possible in order to deliver football to our members.”
In recent years, Cambridge has fashioned an admirable record in the Chatham Cup, playing against clubs from higher leagues.