Mining companies cooperation towards COSAFA challenge Cup overwhelm govt

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Government says it is overwhelmed with the response by  most  mining companies  in   North-western province  for their positive response towards  the  country’s hosting the Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) challenge cup.


And  MTN Zambia and Kitwe-based mining concern Mopani Copper Mines unveiled as national sponsors for July’s Cosafa Cup in Zambia.

Youth and Sports  Minister, Chishimba Kambwili  says he is happy that Kansanshi mining has pledged to support  most  components of the COSAFA budget.



He also noted that it was quite pleasing that another mining giant in the province ,  Barrick Lumwana mine limited , has promised to get back to government soon after consultations.


ZANIS Sports reports from  Solwezi District that the minister said this in an interview  yesterday after visiting the two mines.


He said the country still needs about KR 15 million towards the hosting of the regional football competition this year.

The minister who had earlier visited the mines of the Copperbelt said the response by the mines on the Copperbelt was also very good.

He said government has decided to engage the corporate partners because government alone cannot manage everything as it has a lot of responsibilities such as addressing health, education, roads,
infrastructures and many other social issues.


And  MTN Zambia and Kitwe-based mining concern Mopani Copper Mines unveiled as national sponsors for July’s Cosafa Cup in Zambia.

The Cosafa Cup returns after a three-year hiatus due to operational reasons.

According to MTN, MTN Zambia chief marketing officer Clement Asante said they were excited to be involved with Zambian  football since 2010.

“Our support and contribution to Zambian football has always been steady and progressive until 2010 when we upgraded our support by partnering with the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to sponsor both the national soccer team and the local league,” Asante said.

And Mopani chief executive officer executive officer Danny Callow said his company has spent US$500,000 in refurbishing Nkana Stadium in Kitwe where some tournament matches will be played.


“Mopani has been involved in supporting football and many other sporting disciplines since the company’s inception in 2000,” Callow said.


“We have a historic relationship with the Mufulira Wanderers and Nkana Football Clubs, which we support with monthly grants that go towards players’ monthly salaries and other operational costs.”


Zambia will host the Cosafa Cup from July 6-20 at venues in Lusaka, Kitwe and Ndola where the final will be played at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.


Zimbabwe are the defending champions after winning the title as hosts for a record fourth time the last time it was staged in 2009.