Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili has bowed to pressure by renaming the ultra- modern stadium from Gabon Disaster Heroes Stadium to Heroes National Stadium.
Kambwili said that the Ultra Modern Stadium which is still under construction in the Capital will be called Heroes National Stadium, with immediate effect.
The former name raised nationwide concern in the sports fraternity and sections of the general public who felt the name proposed by Kambwili was misplaced.
Leading the pack was Football Association President Kalusha Bwalya who from the onset suggested that the new stadium be named Heroes Stadium.
Kalusha ‘s suggestions attracted nationwide support with some soccer pundits saying the Gabon Disaster Heroes Stadium as suggested by Kambwili was not correct.
However, the sports minister who seemed adamant to the suggestions of changing the name, said all meaningful Zambians had the right to propose to any name which they wanted the stadium to be called.
The sports minister said he had heard from different views of all patriotic Zambians who were concerned about the name of the stadium.
ZANIS sports reports from Kitwe that the sports minister said this when he briefed journalists, today.
He said that his ministry had now decided to satisfy the wish of Zambians for the 50, 000 sitter capacity stadium to be called the ‘Heroes National Stadium’.
He said the new stadium in the Capital does not belong to anyone but the people of Zambia who are the reason the project was intended for.
Meanwhile the Sports Minister the 12, 000 tickets released for the ZAMBIA-Mozambique clash will be sold through MTN offices and ZAMPOST outlets in selected parts of the country.
Kambwili however said the 12, 000 tickets were not able to meet the huge demand by the soccer fans.
He however said those who will not manage to get the tickets will have to use the alternative of watching the game on television where it will be broadcast live.
He said the reasons why the Zambia- Mozambique quarter final game will be played at Nkana stadium was because of MOPANI Copper Mines Plc who as co- sponsors of the COSAFA tournament had requested that the game should be played at the rehabilitated Nkana stadium.