NATIONAL Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) has challenged associations to put up vigorous talent identification programmes as part of their strategic plans next year.
NSCZ chairperson Mwamba Kalenga said the vision of the council was to see all associations involved in talent identification programmes in remote areas.
“This should be carried out in all the far-flung areas of the 10 provinces of Zambia. The council on its part has introduced in all provincial capitals of the country the NSCZ floating trophies. Teams will compete in various sports disciplines prior to gathering at provincial centres during Independence Day celebrations where champions will be crowned,” he said.
He said the introduction of the floating trophies was aimed at spearheading talent identification and ensure that the girl child participates in sporting activities.
“We need to start building up athletes from a young age through a period of 5-8 years until they position themselves to reap medals at international platforms.
The council will next year focus on the disbursement of the association grant towards talent identification programmes for the youth in all the provinces,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kalenga said the council was aware that some associations were going round soliciting for signatures from other associations with the view of petitioning against him to Sports Minister Vincent Mwale.
“What is unfortunate about this development is that those that seem to be in the forefront have pending disciplinary cases with the council. The council in the recent past did engage executive committees of some associations that were perceived to spearhead this act. But these associations have dissociated themselves from that.
“Some associations are being coerced to append their signatures without fully understanding the consequences of such undertakings. In short, this undertaking is being spearheaded by a few individuals. This on its own smells some elements of indiscipline,” he said.