PRESIDENT’S CORNER: A Big Salute to the Media
Today, I join a special group of people in celebrating World Press Freedom Day. The role the media plays in information dissemination cannot be over-emphasized. On our part, we have made it a point to forge a cordial relationship with the media as we value their contribution toward the development of our game. I take off my hat to them as they celebrate this day. It is not just a day that is peculiar the press but society. We urge them to continue working hard and informing the nation.
Away from the festivities of World Press Freedom, we were privileged during the 28th Gabon Memorial ceremony to be joined by legends of our beautiful game.
Legends from the KK11 and Chipolopolo era clashed on the pitch at National Heroes Stadium.
It was good to see players that had previously gallantly fought for the Zambian jersey roll back the years of glory. More than just watching the legends on the pitch, we were happy to tap into their wisdom and experience. Arising from that interaction we have resolved to formalize our association with legends through a decision that will go through the Annual General Meeting later this month.
It is not good enough to just interact with them when there is an event but rather, we want to have them accorded a permanent platform where they can contribute regularly.
We also wish to build on the plans for honouring the Gabon disaster heroes through various activities building up to 2023 which will mark 30 years since that fateful clash. We also plan to honour the class of 2012 that won the Africa Cup of Nations next year on the occasion marking 10 years since that achievement.
Finally, it would be imprudent for me to sign off without thanking Zanaco Bank for their contribution towards the Tokyo 2020 (to be played in July-August 2021) Olympic journey for the Copper Queens. We thank Zanaco management for the K157, 000 donation that we hope opens the door for many other corporate bodies to come on board. We have a few more that have made their intentions to donate known. These resources are meant to help our Copper Queens prepare adequately for the Tokyo games where they will be the only team representing Africa. The team will be afforded some international friendly matches aligned to the opposition in their group where they will play Brazil, Netherlands and China. We urge everyone to rally behind the Copper Queens as they prepare to do our nation proud in Tokyo.
Have pleasant week and stay safe!