Among the sporting activities include the African Staff Sports Association (SAUSSA), the Confederation of Universities and Colleges Association (CUCSA) and the Zambia Federation of University and College sports (ZAFUCS) tournaments. THE University of Zambia (UNZA) will this year host and participate in three major sports tournaments.
Among the sporting activities include the African Staff Sports Association (SAUSSA), the Confederation of Universities and Colleges Association (CUCSA) and the Zambia Federation of University and College sports (ZAFUCS) tournaments.
Speaking at a SAUSSA preparatory meeting held at the institution, UNZA vice chancellor Prof. Stephen Simukanga said it was an honour for Zambia and UNZA in particular to host the SAUSSA games which while take place from 30th November to 6th December 2014.
He added; “This is the first time Zambia is hosting the SAUSSA games since inception in 1999. I am happy at the association’s decision to hold the games in Zambia, and UNZA in particular.”
Prof. Simukanga added that UNZA management would continue to support sports development and SAUSSA in particular in its quest to enhance social interaction among members of staff in the SADC region.
The SAUSSA games will attract members of staff from over 13 universities in the southern region including those from ChinHoyi University of Technology (CUT) of Zimbabwe, National University of Science and Technology of Zimbabwe, North West University, Univesity of Limpompo, University of Bostwana, University of Swaziland, University of Namibia and Walter Sisulu University among others.
Meanwhile, University of Zambia Student’s Union (UNZASU) sports secretary, Nasho Banda told the Lusaka Star in an interview that the ZAFUCS tournament would kick start on April 25th to 27th 2014.
Banda said UNZA grounds together with the Olympic youth Development Centre (OYDC) would be used as the games village.
ZAFUCS tournament will have participants from other sports bodies such as Zambia University Sports Association (ZUSA), Technical Vocation Sports Association (TEVISA), Agricultural schools sports Association (AGRICOSA), and Health and Business Sports Association (HEBISA).
And UNZA, which dominated the recently held ZUSA tournament together with other participants from Mulungushi and the Copper belt University (CBU) would represent the ZUSA sports body.
Banda said the hosting of the three tournaments would not only put UNZA on the world map but the country as a whole in terms of sports development.
“The ZAFUCS tournaments are meant to prepare and select participants that would represent Zambia at the forthcoming Confederation of University and College Sports Association (CUCSA) in August this year,” he explained.
He further added; “the ZAFUCS tournament attracts various sports disciplines such as football, netball, rugby, chess, athletics, basketball and table tennis among others.”
CUCSA is a yearly Southern Regional Tournament held under the Zone 6 Games in which countries in the southern region of Africa compete. Among these countries are Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Lesotho and Swaziland.