MOPANI Copper Mines yesterday handed over a 55-seater luxury bus worth $130,000 (K962, 000) to Nkana Football Club,to help the Kitwe giants excel in the premier league and other competitions.
During the handover ceremony held at Nkana stadium in Kitwe, Mopani chief financial officer John Chiwele said he hoped the gift will boost the morale of both the players and supporters and enhance the image of the club.
“The purchase of a new luxury bus for Nkana has been long overdue. It is for this reason that we are glad that this has finally come to pass and today we are here to hand over a brand new 55-seater luxury Higer bus bought at a cost of $130, 000,” he said. Chiwele said Mopani was expecting the team to win the 2015 league title as it has the right players, technical bench and committed executive members.
“It is our sincere hope to see the club become even bigger and better and that we continue working in partnership to bring about positive change in the community. Ultimately we would like to see the team win the 2015 league title. You have the right players, the technical team and executive committee officials who are committed and therefore players should have no excuses, “he said.
He appealed to the club to guard the bus jealously and to use it only for the intended purpose. The chief financial officer also officially opened the gym set up at the stadium to help the players keep in shape.
“Mopani set up this modern fitness centre to help in improving the fitness of the players. However, we realize that the community at large needs to keep fit. We would like to encourage members of the public to make use of this facility,” “he said.
Nkana Football Club chairperson Evaristo Kabila thanked Mopani for showing enduring commitment to supporting Nkana.
“This is a dream come true for Nkana. Apart from easing the transport challenges that we have been facing, the bus will boost the morale of both the players and the supporters. I have no doubt that with such incentives being offered to the team, players will also offer their best and go out for nothing less than the league title,” he said.