ZAMBIA has made tremendous progress in developing the women’s game as evidenced by the qualification of the Under-17 women’s team for the Under-17 FIFA women’s cup and the participation of the senior women’s teams to the CAF championships held in Namibia early this month, Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya has said.
Kalu said such unprecedented performances extend to the men’s game where the Under-17 and Under- 20 sides have both qualified to their respective CAF championships.
“Fifty years on, Zambia has made many landmark achievements such as winning the CECAFA and COSAFA cups.
“It is also gratifying that we as a country managed to conquer the continent in 2012,” he said.
Kalu said this in his Jubilee message statement issued to Daily Nation by FAZ communications manager Tembwe Nkweto.
“We wish to pay tribute to all the members of the footballing fraternity for all these successes scored. We at Football House are pleased to note that football over the years has continued to be a uniting factor for our beloved nation,” he said.
Kalu urged Zambians and members of the footballing fraternity to assess their contribution to the nation in making Zambia a better country in all spheres.
“The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) wishes to join the nation in celebrating and commemorating 50 years of independence. We are alive to the fact that this freedom and independence we are enjoying came at a great price,” he said.
Kalu said it was worth noting that Zambia’s political independence has made it possible for indigenous Zambians to play and administer the game which was a preserve of the colonial masters in pre-independence times.