Govt. assures CAF of Zambia’s capability to host 2019 CAF tournament
Kitwe, August 13 th, 2014, ZANIS — GOVERNMENT has assured the delegation of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) that the country is ready and capable of hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Tournament.
Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili says even President Micheal Sata and his administration in general were in support for the bid.
Kambwili revealed that Finance minister Alexander Chikwanda had indicated to his office that funds will be made available to address concerns that the CAF delegation has raised if the country wins the bid.
ZANIS sports reports that Chishimba said this in Chingola during the CAF delegation’s tour of Nchanga stadium and the Watson grounds which are the possible training grounds should Zambia win the bid for the continental show piece in 2019.
The delegation also visited Protea Hotel and the Mokolo Grill and Lodge in Chingola as these facilities could accommodated some teams.
And on health facilities, the delegation checked on Nchanga mine Hospital and the Konkola Mine Hospital.
And in Kitwe the deligation which was accompanied by Sports permanent secretary Agness Musunga, FAZ President Kalusha Bwalya and other senior government officials checked on Nkana and Arthur Davies stadia.
There is a possibility that the two stadiums will be included as possible training grounds for teams that will be accommodated at Moba Hotel and Hotel Edinburg in Kitwe.
And Football Association of Zambia president Kalusha Bwalya said the CAF delegation has expressed happiness on the facilities so far visited in Lusaka and Copperbelt.
Bwalya was optimistic that Zambia will win the bid to host the tournament.
Other countries bidding to host the continental tournament are Algeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo.