THE Zambia Chess Federation says the two players representing the country at this year’s Africa junior chess championship in Seychelles have what it takes to mint gold.
Federation president Ericho Nshikokola told the Daily Nation from Nairobi, Kenya, yesterday that the federation had faith in Elias Musonda and Joshua Mulauzi that the junior players were poised for a successful outing in Seychelles because they were the country’s finest, capable of competing at that high-level tournament.
Nshikokola said the players had put in their best in training and that their consistency had paid dividends and that it was not surprising that they had made the final grade for the continental showpiece.
He said the federation was happy with their preparations before departure, adding that there was no excuse for failure to perform as the two players were adequately psyched before leaving for Seychelles.
He noted that if the players remained focused throughout the competition one of them, if not both, will come home with the coveted trophy because of their skills.
He said at the rate the two were playing, it was expected they will excell at the continental showpiece.
“I am also on transit to the Seychelles for the Africa Junior Chess Championship. Zambia is represented by Elias Musonda and Joshua Mulauzi. I have very strong hopes that one of these boys will win the trophy.
“The two players have put in their best in training and are the country’s top junior players and given their calibre of play and what is expected of them at this event, I have no doubt that one of them, if not both, will bring glory to the country,” Nshikokola said.
Hosted under the auspices of the African Chess Confederation (ACC), the competition is open to all African federations affiliated to the World Chess Federation (FIDE) to participate in the 2015 African Junior Chess Championships.
The tournament will take place at the Maison de Football Roche Caiman on Mahe Island of the Seychelles, from December 27 2015 to January 6, 2016.