ABSA Cup Lives Up to Expectations
We are back after a refreshing football weekend that saw two thrilling ABSA Cup semi-finals at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe on Saturday. The two games that were beamed live on SuperSport involved Zanaco versus Lusaka Dynamos and Zesco United against Konkola Blades.
It was the kind of made for television action that makes our league among the top on the continent. The two games produced seven goals with Lusaka Dynamos humbling Zanaco 3-0 while record winners Zesco United walked with a staggering 4-0 win over Konkola Blades. The stage is set for the final on April 25 in Lusaka at Woodlands Stadium where Zesco will cross swords with Lusaka Dynamos.
We were honoured to have the Minister of Youth Sport and Child Development Emmanuel Mulenga in the stands. Thanks to ABSA for the continued support to the game and everyone involved in making the tournament a success. Regrettably, we continue to miss the presence of fans in the stands due to the existing ban on spectators at stadia. We have continued to engage government on the possibility of having a limited number of fans returning to stadia. It is our hope that the ministry of health and their sports counterparts will give us a hearing on our plea. Our collaboration with the Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) with whom we have a Memorandum of Understanding to handle Covid-19 protocols at our matches will help us in implementing some of the guidelines to be observed.
On a sad note, Kenya pulled out of the planned international friendly with Zambia that was scheduled for April 24 in Lusaka. The Copper Queens are preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (to be played in 2021) and are in camp. The team has so far played two international friendly matches with Chile (Zambia won 2-1) and South Africa (lost 3-1).
We are still looking around for more friendly matches for the Copper Queens with the calibre of opposition hinging on the kind of opponents the team will face at the tournament. The draw that takes place on April 21 will give us insight on which opposition to test the team against. Zambia carries the only ticket for Africa and will join Japan, Australia, Brazil, Netherlands, New Zealand, Great Britain, Sweden, Canada, Chile, China, and United States of America.
We are happy the committee of eminent women selected to spearhead fundraising efforts for the Tokyo assignment are knocking on some doors to raise funds for the team. We implore the corporate world to join hands with us and help raise funds for ladies that have done us proud. The Republican Vice President Inonge Wina has taken a front seat in this cause which gives us hope that many doors will open. I have no doubt our team will deliver with maximum support.
Have a productive week and remember to observe the Covid-19 guidelines.