Government says it has made a request of 41 million kwacha from Secretary to the Treasury that will go towards funding of various activities among Sports Association.
Youth, Sport and Arts Minister, Elvis Nkandu says the larger chunk of the money will go towards helping the Football Association of Zambia -FAZ- clear its 14 million kwacha budget deficit and fund the National team’s preparations for the upcoming AFCON qualifier campaign.
Nkandu says the request has been made and is being processed by Secretary to the Treasury.
He says Government remains resolute to ensure funds are made available to help the Chipolopolo prepare for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations tournament by having quality friendly games.
Nkandu says quality preparations for both the Men and Women’s teams will be key in ensuring Zambia deliver the required results in their respective Africa Cup endeavors.
Speaking when he officiated at the Football Association of Zambia-FAZ- Annual General Meeting held in Lusaka today, NKANDU said government’s desire is to ensure that better results are delivered across the sport fraternity through adequate preparation, proper infrastructure development and funding.
He said the government is not at war with Association but that they will always echo their views to ensure that results to satisfy the Zambian population are delivered.
And, FAZ President Andrew Kamanga said the FA will ensure that it repays Government’s support by seeing to it that both the Chipolopolo and Copper Queens deliver in their respective Africa Cup endeavors.
KAMANGA said the Association is looking forward to ensuring that they make history by having the women’s team also qualify to the 2023 FIFA world cup.
He also called for an early release of funds towards teams preparations for various assignments which is a key determinate in brining results.
And, KAMANGA said he will in the next CAF congress meeting declare Zambia’s interest to bid to host an AFCON tournament in the future following Governments desire to see the country host one.