BRAVO CAF ENVOYS FOR FIRST LEG VICTORIES
It is yet that time of the week where we get to interact with the followers of the beautiful game. This week’s edition comes on the back of an action-packed weekend both in the local game and in CAF competitions. Our under-17 boys have also intensified preparations for the Morocco 2020 (played in 2021) Africa Cup of Nations that kicks off next month. On a sad note, our senior women national team had to be withdrawn from the Eight Nation Turkey Invitational tournament because of Covid-19 cases among some players and staff. The Copper Queens Olympic Games preparation are still on course as we will offer them other opportunities to prepare for the tournament that kicks off in June.
Going by their growing stock on the continent and beyond, the team is not short of suitors for international friendly matches. We are mindful of the limitations that the Covid-19 presents in arranging these assignments and must note that we are one of the few that have defied Covid-19 challenges to send teams on international duty.
On the administrative side of the game, we have given our Super League and National Division One teams their first batch of funds from our sponsors. All Super League teams will receive K1 million for the season with K500, 000 already given while National Division One will get K100, 000 with K50, 000 received already. We are committed to keep bumping up the support for our members that were receiving a measly K7, 000 per season. We also wish to thank our partners MTN. SuperSport, Eden University, Top Star and ZNBC for their continued support to the game.
I am also happy to announce that final round of provincial elections will be completed this week after FIFA provided guidance on the process. It has been a long wait, but FIFA finally wrote to FAZ through the office of the General Secretary that elections should resume culminating in the delayed Annual General Meeting (AGM) on February 27. All the parties that signed that signed the consent judgment spearheaded by the Honourable Minister of Sport Emmanuel Mulenga have been duly notified. We hope that this will forge a new chapter in our game and pray that everyone will respect the decision by FIFA.
In closing, I wish to congratulate the Zambian representatives in CAF competitions Napsa Stars and Nkana for their first leg victories. We can only wish them the best of luck in their second legs and pray that they qualify to the group stage.
Have a productive week and remember to observe all the Covid-19 guidelines.