The Agriculture and Commercial show which runs from 29th July to 3rd August 2015 under the theme “Innovation beyond the golden jubilee” yesterday opened its gates at around 8:00 hrs in the morning with people queuing up as early as 06:00 hrs. THE 89th Agriculture and Commercial show has finally opened its gates to show-goers and exhibitors.
The Agriculture and Commercial show which runs from 29th July to 3rd August 2015 under the theme “Innovation beyond the golden jubilee” yesterday opened its gates at around 8:00 hrs in the morning with people queuing up as early as 06:00 hrs.
A gate ticket salesman, Oty Lumamba said in an interview with the Lusaka Star that the turn out from show goers was impressive especially that it was the first day of a six-day event.
“People started queuing up as early as 6:00 … the tickets started selling at 8:00 hrs and before 12:00 hrs over 300 tickets and 20 adult budges were sold at my gate – gate one.
“Most people start showing up on Friday when the show is in full swing but surprisingly today, a good number have showed up,” he said.
Meanwhile, most exhibitor stores like Bata and National Milling to mention but a few were ready to welcome members of the public while a few of them were still working on their stands.
Bata sales manager Charles Phiri was optimistic that this year’s show turnout will be higher than that of last years' adding that the store stands a great deal to benefit from such a turnout.
“In this year's exhibition, we want to attract customers and thus have reduced the price of some selected items by 15 percent,” he revealed.
For some stores, business on the first day was not good, but they remained hopeful that business would improve as the show goes on.
National Milling sales manager Nelson Mvula said business on the first day was not good.
He added, “National Milling is always here but we have decided to take advantage of the show and maximize our profits. However, we have no promotions running this year.”
Mr. Mvula added that the sales were expected to improve as the days progressed noting that the Milling Company expected nothing less than 50 percent increase in sales.
FIFA GRASSROOTS PROJECT DUE FOR TAKE OFF
The Ministry of Sports and FAZ has laid the ground for FIFA spearheaded grassroots project for youth development.
Ministry of Sports Permanent Secretary Agness Musunga said the project will be under the wings of the Ministry of Education and will target youth from eight years going upwards.
The tripartite agreement will be signed next Wednesday and will formalize the commitment of the parties to work together to implement the FIFA Grassroots Project from 2017-2020.
“The FIFA Grassroots project will cover three parties which is Ministry of Education, Sports and FAZ,” she said.
And FAZ General Secretary Ponga Liwewe said that the project will enhance the development of football.
Liwewe said the move was part of the wider goal of FAZ to develop youth football.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga put youth football on top of his developmental agenda pinning it among his three key areas that involved league restructuring, referees education and youth football on top of his transparency gospel.
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FIFA RESPONDS TO FAZ COMPLAINT ON NIGERIA APPEAL
FIFA has put a close to the debate around the complaint lodged by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) over an Augustine Mulenga disallowed goal in the 1-0 loss against Nigeria in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier on October 7.
The World soccer governing body has ruled that it would not act on the complaint as per their regulations there was no evidence of external influence or manipulation.
According to a letter signed by Disciplinary Committee vice chairperson Julien Deux, dated October 17, 2017 there could be no action as guided by article 5.6 of the FIFA regulations the referee’s decision is final.
“In this context, we refer your association to article 15 par 6, of the regulations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, which clearly stipulates that no protests may be made about the referee’s decisions regarding facts connected with play. Such decisions are final and not subject to appeal,” stated the letter.
“Having said that, and for the sake of good order, we would like to emphasize that on the basis of the documentation and information currently in our possession, there is no evidence of any infringement of the applicable regulations by the referees of the match in question.”
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) filed a complaint with FIFA seeking an independent review of the match officiated by Botswana referee Joshua Bondo.
There was widespread outcry for FAZ to appeal to FIFA over the disallowed goal with parallels drawn with other situations where the world soccer governing body had ordered replays.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga had told journalists on the permutations of the outcome when journalists pressed him in the aftermath of the match in Uyo.
“But the rules being what they are you cannot overturn the decision of the referee,” Kamanga said.
“The only basis is when there was external influence. So the referee maybe carpeted for making a wrong decision but the decision still stands and unfortunately that is where we stand.”
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