Kabwili appeals to soccer fans to turn up en-mass during the COSAFA games
Kitwe , July 4th, 2013, ZANIS —– Sports and Youth minister Chishimba Kambwili says Soccer fans in the country should turn up in big numbers for the COSAFA games scheduled to kick off this weekend.
And Kambwili has declared the football facilities to be used for the tournament in Kitwe, Lusaka and Ndola as ready.
Kambwili the country stands a better chance of being accorded the opportunity to also host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, if soccer fans turn up in big number for the games.
He said this will in turn make the country to host the Africa Cup of Nations tournament the PF government earnestly is planning for.
He also appealed to fans to exhibit high standards of discipline and desist from all forms of violence, insults and beer drinking during the games.
Zambia is hosting the 2013 Senior COSAFA tournament, which kicks off on Saturday 6th July. The COSAFA games will be played from Lusaka, Kitwe and Ndola.
And the Sports minister has thanked Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC ) and Mopani Copper Mine ( MCM ) for the financial help they have rendered towards the renovation of the football facilities at Nkana and Arthur Davies Stadia.
He said without the help of the two companies, government would have been forced to spent money from the national budget to work on the facilities.
Meanwhile Mr Kambwili has announced that all the expected teams will arrive by Friday this week except for Seychelles which has already arrived while the official opening takes on this very Friday.
And Kitwe District Commissioner Elias Kamanga has assured the minister that his office was doing everything possible to address the problem of congestion and street vending in the central business district before the tournament kicks off.
He said he has so far engaged RTSA, the council, the public transport operators and vendors to address the two problems before the visitors arrive.
He also appealed to resident to desist from disposing waste indiscriminately in town.