PRESIDENT’S CORNER: Go Well Super Ken, Kasunga
This week our country is bathed in a dark cloud following the death of our First President Dr Kenneth David Buchizya Kaunda. No single person has transcended so many boundaries in the life of our beautiful country as he has done. The many tributes that have been pouring from every corner of the globe renders testimony to his larger-than-life personality. For football, he was an all-weather friend who not only preached by lived football. The Zambia National Football Team was befittingly christened the KK11 in his honour during his reign. It was the epitome of the adoration the players and fans had for the FAZ patron. At 97, we can only be grateful for his life and celebrate his example of selflessness and humbleness. He initiated the ritual of hosting the national team for lunches whenever they performed well which has carried on five presidents later. At a personal level, I enjoyed a close inter interaction with KK as he was the first ever patron of the Boys’ Brigade at the United Church of Zambia where I serve as president. Through this responsibility I got a first-hand experience of his extraordinary yet gentle personality. May we live to immortalize some of the virtues he espoused throughout his life.
Today, we also lay to rest one of my predecessors Mr Evaristo Kasunga. A gentleman for all seasons whose legacy of investing in grassroots football is something we are following religiously. He served FAZ from 2000-2004 as president and is credited for having sourced FIFA support for the construction of Football House. Under his watch the junior teams blossomed and birthed some of the stars that eventually lifted the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. We shall always remember and celebrate his life and contribution to the beautiful game.
Away from the sombreness of this moment, the 2021 Cosafa draws are out with Zambia grouped with Malawi, Comoros, and Madagascar. We do not take for granted the fact that the Cosafa has managed to stage this tournament amidst the Covid-19 pandemic challenges. We are hopeful that this tournament will provide a last-minute check for the technical bench to refine their plans of the Qatar 2020 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in September. We expect that the technical bench will fully utilize this tournament to set the tempo for World Cup qualifiers. We have spared no effort in giving the technical bench everything they require to prepare for their assignments and expect in positive turn-around of results in return.
Finally, our Super League is in its final stretch as it ends on Saturday with Week 34 matches. It has been a long stretch that we are happy to end given the monumental challenges the Covid-19 pandemic continue to pose in the organization of the game. We were able to finish having learnt from the 2019/2020 season that ended prematurely. We hope we can use the break to plan better for the 2021-2022 season which kick off in two months. Congratulations to Zesco United for winning the league and Konkola Blades for winning the FAZ-Eden University National Division One League.
Please remember to stay safe by observing all the Covid-19 guidelines!