Constituency football cheers minister
Chienge, 11 March, 2013, ZANIS – Home Affairs deputy minister Stephen Kampyongo has called for the development of football in all the 150 constituencies of the country to help nurture the youths.
The deputy minister made the call in Chienge district in Luapula province yesterday where he had gone to witness a football match between Chienge constituency team and their Kawambwa counterparts.
He said it was important to seriously consider the development of constituency football because it was a catalyst for national unity.
He praised Chienge member of parliament who is also Luapula Province minister Brigadier General Benson Kapaya and his Kawambwa Central counterpart Nixon Chilangwa who is also Home Affairs Deputy Minister for putting together a KR5,000 competing bait for the teams and called on other members of parliament to emulate the action.
He called for a peaceful game and assured both the players, match officials and fans that he would ensure that parliament was informed through the Speaker of the National Assembly that the development of Constituency football should be supported.
And Chienge member of Parliament Benson Kapaya expressed happiness when his team scored two goals against the Kawambwa team at the close of 90 minutes and declared that the match was just the beginning of several games to come in order to promote rural football talent identification and keeping the youth productively energetic.
He said it was important to consider the development of even other sport disciplines in all the constituencies of Zambia because there was a lot of talent that needed to be identified and nurtured to the glory of the nation and its people.
The match was attended by Senior Chief Puta as the Guest of honour and Senior Chief Mphweto from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The two traditional leaders added the traditional significance and cultural flavour to the role football plays in unifying the nation and peoples of the common history and values.