Home Affairs Minister Ngosa Simbyakula has urged the Zambia National soccer team to play a unifying role as the country goes through a presidential election.
Simbyakula who was speaking in Johannesburg this evening when he addressed national team players and officials a Milpak Garden Courts Hotel said the team’s good performance helps build unity in the country.
He said sports brings people together regardless of their political views.
"In elections there are losers and winners and you will be playing maybe two days after election results have been announced and some people will bruised so every time you play you will be participating in healing wounds and uniting the Zambians," he said.
The minister who was in the company of political party representatives observing the printing of ballot papers for the January 20 Presidential elections in Johannesburg urged the team to replicate the performance that saw Zambia crowned AFCON champions in 2012.
"The Africa Cup is being played in the same area where we lifted the Cup so we expect that you are going to play in the same way," he said.
And Footbal Association of Zambia president Kalusha Bwalya thanked government for the support it has been rendering to the national soccer team.
Bwalya said FAZ is greatly indebted to the Minister of Youth and Sport Chishimba Kabwili for his commitment to supporting the national team.
He said the team would not have scored any achievements if it had not been for government’s support.
Bwalya said he was confident the team would perform well because some of the players are not new to being champions.
"There are players in the team who are not new. They have been African champions before and there is determination and desire to do well," he said.
The Chipolopolo boys play South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in a friendly match at Orlando stadium tomorrow afternoon as part of preparations for 2015 AFCON which kick starts on 17th January in Equatorial Guinea.