ZAMBIAN chess representatives for the African Individual Championship in Uganda were yesterday declared ready for the task ahead.
Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ) technical director Aaron Banda said in an interview yesterday that national men’s champion Andrew Kayonde and female star Lorita Mwango were ready to give Zambia an honourable representation in the tournament that kicks-off from May 15 to 24.
Banda said he was happy with the level of preparations by the two players and he had no doubt that they would put in a good performance at the tournament.
“I can confirm that the two players are ready for the challenges ahead. They have shown a positive character and determination not to disappoint the nation. The two are mentally prepared to handle the pressure,” he said.
He said the past performances of Kayonde and Mwango had been impressive and therefore, gives the association hope that the duo could win the title.
Banda advised the two to remain focused as they would face a tough contest in Uganda.
“It is a competitive tournament; the duo just need to stay focused to emerge victorious. Discipline and hard work still remains the key to a successful outing,” he said.
Meanwhile, Banda said the federation would host a two day Heroes and Unity tournament on the Copperbelt next month.
He said the tournament was aimed at creating competition among the players in readiness for other international tournaments.
“We want to maintain consistency in the player’s performance. We hope to witness an improved technical aspect in this tournament,” he said.