Possible free transport for 400 Chipolopolo fans

Zambia Sports Fans Association

GOVERNMENT is working on bussing 400 soccer fans free-of-charge to Harare for Sunday’s Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) final round first leg against Zimbabwe.
Minister of Youth and Sport Chishimba Kambwili has also said Government is considering chartering a plane to ferry fans to Kumasi for next month’s crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier between Ghana and Zambia.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka on Wednesday, Kambwili said the chartering of “a plane or two” to Kumasi will depend on availability of funds.
Kambwili said Government has decided to ferry fans to Harare because supporters play a vital role in the team’s success.
He said fans who are interested to travel should provide their own accommodation, meals and a K50 for a ticket for the match.
Kambwili said the offer is open to Zambians with valid passports or other travel documents, and is on first come first served basis.
The buses are scheduled to leave for Harare today.
“I am happy to report that, as Government, we are doing everything possible to support the national team to succeed in all international engagements. Additionally, we strongly believe that while our technical bench and the players are well positioned to do their duty on the pitch, the role of a  soccer  fan can’t  be overlooked in our quest to attain victory,” he said.
Zambia qualified to the last round of the CHAN qualifiers after beating Botswana 3-1 on aggregate while Zimbabwe eliminated Mauritius 4-1 on aggregate.
On the Kumasi trip, Kambwili said he is encouraged by arrangements by the private sector to ferry fans into Kumasi.
“We are doing everything possible within our powers to adequately prepare to go and win. I’m also reliably informed that the private sector are organising chartered planes to carry fans to go and support the national team.
“With funds permitting, Government may also add one or two planes to go and beef up the support,” Kambwili said.
He said Government and the Football Association of Zambia have also worked out an attractive budget for the remaining international fixtures.
Kambwili did not state what these bonuses for players are.
Meanwhile, Kambwili said the ministry will organise an inter-denominational intercessory prayer meeting to seek God’s intervention ahead of the match against Ghana.
He said details of the meeting will be availed later.