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Sponsor women’s football – Pastor Makembo

The Zambia women’s football team does not have sponsors whilst government’s policy is to finance the senior national men’s team ZAMBIA Sports Fan Association (ZSFA) chairman Pastor Peter Makembo has appealed to Government and the corporate world to support women’s football in the country.

The women’s team does not have support from the corporate world whilst government’s policy is to finance the senior national men’s soccer team.

In an interview with the Lusaka Star, Makembo said government and other sponsors needed to come on board and support women’s football in order to enhance it.

He added that government should consider allocating finances equitably towards women’s and men’s football.

“The government should start by diverting the money that was budgeted for the Men’s Senior National Team in preparation for the World Cup finals in Brazil next year to the women’s team,” Makembo said.

Meanwhile, a soccer fan based in Lusaka, Innocent Phiri  has said Zambian football leagues were less competitive than other leagues on the continent because they lacked sponsorship.

“A lot of football clubs in Zambia lack sponsors and this has resulted in our leagues not being attractive as compared to other leagues in Africa,” he said.

Phiri added that Zambian clubs had the potential to compete at any level if finances were invested in them.

“It is embarrassing that most of our players play their football profession in South Africa or the Democratic Republic of Congo  because foreign clubs are able to financially sustain them,” he noted.

Phiri also urged the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to come up with a policy of financing clubs that were financially unstable.

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