Fan’s return on the Horizon
So, this weekend we stepped into Woodlands Stadium to watch the ABSA Cup final that provided quite a spectacle with Lusaka Dynamos merging champions in a scintillating match. It was a befitting end to a tournament that has delivered some of the most exciting football in the history of the tournament.
It provided a perfect balance with Konkola Blades and Kansanshi Dynamos showcasing part of the excitement that has become of the Eden University National Division One. To us it was a reminder of how much more we can do to bring on board more corporate partners to sponsor more cups. We believe we have done enough with securing the resources that are entrusted to us by our sponsors to draw more financial partners. We have opened the door with 10 provincial cups that others can join in sponsoring through opportunities like naming rights.
Credit should go to ABSA for keeping their support even in the COVID-19 ravaged environment.
We were very encouraged by the sentiments from the honourable minister of sports Emmanuel Mulenga who indicated that our cry for government to consider allowing some fans back in the stadia is receiving urgent attention. We have never tired from engaging the authorities especially after indications that the COVID-19 cases started going down.
It is our desire that fans can be allowed back under restricted conditions. We are lucky that the COVID-19 vaccine is now available in Zambia and already being administered by medics. We have been encouraging our members to consider taking the vaccine as any measure that minimizes the risk of COVID-19 infection is welcome.
We were also treated to an All Stars versus The Rest clash for our senior women’s national team preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (to be played in July-August 2021).
It was good to see the level of competition amongst our ladies and we hope that as we intensify preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games the team will step up their preparedness. We have laid a program that will see them play some international games before the tournament. Now that we know our opponents it will be easier to plan the kind of opposition to face in our preparation. Zambia is grouped with Netherlands, Brazil, and China. We have no doubt our girls who are the only representatives of the African continent will do us proud.
Have a productive week and remember to keep safe in these COVID-19 days.