UEFA Urges Health FAZ, Government Relationship

UEFA says good a working relationship between Government and FAZ is key in the development of football in Zambia.

UEFA Head of International Relations Eva Pasquier says by working together with the Association, the country has a realistic chance of achieving the goal of reaching 80 percent of the Zambian population taking part in sport.

Pasquier was speaking when she paid a courtesy call on Ministry of Sport, Youth and Development – Director Sport John Zulu.

She also congratulated the Zambia Women’s national team for qualifying to their first ever Olympic Games and Pasquier was confident that government will adequately support the Copper Queens.

“It is fantastic not only for football and for the country as well because this is a great achievement as women football is on the right path,” Pasquier said.

And Zulu said government was committed to supporting the senior national team in CAF and FIFA recognized engagements.

He said with the legal and policy recognition of FAZ, there were several opportunities for effective collaboration between government and the Association.

Pasquier was accompanied by FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala and UEFA Assist expert, Kenny MacLeod while Zulu was flanked by National Sports Council of Zambia acting general secretary Raphael Mulenga.

Pasquier and MacLeod are part of UEFA Assist experts in the country where they are engaging government, football partners, club administrators and youth coaches among others.

The UEFA Assist offers a series of education and knowledge sharing programmes for UEFA’s sister confederations and their Member Associations.

So far, UEFA Assist has channelled support to more than 200 football development projects in close to 60 countries worldwide. Initiatives focus on building capacity, developing youth football, strengthening infrastructure and supporting UEFA member associations.

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