ZESCO United football club has vowed to continue supporting football in Zambia through its annual ZESCO managing director’s tournament. The ZESCO managing director’s tournament is used as a platform for discovering new talent from different parts of the country. In an interview with the Lusaka Star, ZESCO United acting chief operating officer Linus Chanda said the club was dedicated to supporting football in the country adding that the tournament was used as a tool to develop football.
THE 2005 Zambian Charity Shield winners, Red Arrows F.C are ready for their forth-coming final clash against the MTN Super League Champions Nkana F.C in the Samuel Zoom Ndhlovu charity shield tie. The match which is slated for the 22nd of February this year will be hosted at Arthur Davis Stadium in Kitwe. In an interview with the Lusaka Star, Red Arrows team captain and recently crowned 2013 Zambian footballer of the year, Bronson Chama said the team was well prepared for the match.
MTN Super League Champions Nkana F.C are ready for their forthcoming clash against Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland in the CAF Champions league. Speaking in an interview with the Lusaka Star, Nkana team manager Charles Chakatazya said the boys are well prepared for the first leg match to be played on 9th February, 2014 at the Somhlolo National Stadium in Lobamba, Swaziland. “We are ready and are just winding up with the preparations for the match against Swallows,” he said.
SOME soccer fans associations have called on the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to consider employing local coaches to lead the national soccer team. Chipolopolo Soccer Fans Association president, Yotam Mwanza told the Lusaka Star that local coaches had the potential to coach the national soccer team citing Ben Bamfuchile and Patrick Phiri as such coaches.
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.
Barclays Bank Zambia Marketing Manager Erick Ngondo has said the bank has pledged to continue supporting football in the country as a way of enhancing the sport. This was said ahead of the Barclays Cup Final clash between Nchanga Rangers and Red Arrows which is slated for Saturday, 23 this month. Speaking at a press briefing at Football house in Lusaka, Ngondo said Barclays would continue to pledge its allegiance to football in the country.
ZESCO United moves back to the top of the MTN/FAZ super league table after defeating city rivals Forest rangers 1-0. A week 23 fixture played on saturday at former Zesco home ground, the trade fair stadium in Ndola witnessed the former champions make a quick climb on top of the FAZ super league table. The only goal of the Ndola derby was scored by Akalulubelwa Mwachiaba giving Zesco a first flight in the title race. Title rivals, Nkana suffered a 1-1 draw against the reigning champions Zanaco.
FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) Communications Manager Erick Mwanza, says qualifying to the 2014 African Nations Championships (CHAN) finals in South Africa is of great significance to football development in Zambia. In an interview with the Lusaka Star, Mwanza said the CHAN championship was a very important tournament for football development. Mwanza said the Zambia developmental squad was a good and hard working team with potential of winning the return leg CHAN qualifier match against Botswana.
ZAMBIA Head Coach Herve Renard is confident Zambia will beat Zimbabwe in the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Castle Senior Challenge Cup. Speaking in an interview on CCTV Africa sports, Renard said the Chipolopolo boys were ready for the match and that they would put up a good performance. Zambia beat South Africa 5 – 3 in a post match penalty shootout on Wednesday to secure their place in the final.
FORMER Copperbelt Zambia National Team Supporters Association Chairperson, Humprey Ngulube, has advised Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to find a solution to the national team's continued poor performance. Ngulube said in an interview that FAZ should seek help from the Coaches Association of Zambia to improve the team’s recent poor performance. Ngulube said there was need for FAZ to learn to hear from players adding that players should also listen to their coaches.