PRESIDENT’S CORNER: Countdown to Chipolopolo Fixtures in Full Swing

angaThe countdown to Saturday and next Tuesday’s back-to-back Chipolopolo fixtures against Mauritania and Tunisia respectively is firmly on course. Currently the team is in camp with foreign based players expected to start trooping in today. Like we have done throughout this campaign, from an administrative side, we have done our best to lay the ground for the team to be able to compete in the two fixtures. The home match is particularly important as it will be an opportunity for the fans to watch their team in action in the aftermath of prohibitive Covid-19 restrictions. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has allowed us to admit 30, 000 fans given the improved Covid-19 situation in our country. We encourage fans to take advantage of this waiver by CAF considering that many other games across the continent are being played behind closed doors. However, fans are expected to observe the Covid-19 guidelines especially being always masked up and observing social distancing.

On the pitch, we expect that our team will be ready to deliver to the expectations of the fans. There has been a lot of positive energy building up to these two fixtures with the form of some of our players among the most notable in global football. Encouragingly, our local league is also in full swing giving our domestic stars the match needed match fitness that will make our squad very competitive. Our league has provided some magical moments so far as can be seen from the weekend action that delivered some of the most unexpected results. I will resist the temptation to delve into specific fixtures but can state without a shed of doubt that our league has kept its competitive edge. The sustained league action is good for the two teams competing in the CAF Confederation Cup. Zanaco and Red Arrows carry the hopes of the whole nation on the continent, and we wish them the best of luck.

Beyond these two fixtures, we are looking to continuing strengthening our squad to ensure that we are among the top teams on the continent. We urge the fans to take advantage of the early sale of tickets for Saturday’s match that are available in Shoprite outlets. We have kept to the tradition of making the sale of tickets more transparent and available in a saner environment that eliminates the possibility of corruption. Additionally, CAF has banned the sale of tickets at the match venue. Tickets have been priced from K30 to K250 with various income streams of our football loving nation catered for.

Finally, we would like to publicly state that we are grateful for the support rendered by government to the team especially through the Head of State President Hakainde Hichilema who is the FAZ patron. The Minister of Sport and Arts Honourable Elvis Nkandu has been keeping tabs on the team and we are happy so far. We can only wish the team all the best in the two fixtures.

 

Have a pleasant week and remember to observe all the Covid-19 guidelines.

 

 

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