SCRABBLE Association of Zambia (SAZ) president Sydney Kalema has appealed to the corporate world to assist in raising K154, 000 to send a team to the World Scrabble Championships scheduled for November 3 to 8 in Australia.
Kalema said the association has so far raised 40 percent (K61, 600) of the budget and was working around the clock to find the 60 percent .
He said they had already written to National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) to help them meet the budget.
“According to the NSCZ policy, we need to raise 60 percent of the budget before they can add anything. We are working hard to beat the 60 percent. I am earnestly appealing to the corporate world to help us raise this money which will go to travelling and accommodation. Zambia needs to be represented at this competitive tournament,” he said.
He said the six players were doing well and they have been having weekly rating tournaments.
Kalema, Patrick Mpundu and Paul Kalumba have already qualified while Isaac Mwape, Desiderius Chapewa and Mwenya Munkonge will have to compete in a pre-tournament to qualify.
Meanwhile, Kalema announced the hosting of the Zambia Open Championship slated for October 24 to 25 at Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka.
“The tournament will tremendously help the Australia-bound team to prepare adequately. We will have university students and pupils competing in this tournament,” he said.