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Cabinet nods Africa U-20 Cup hosting

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CECILIA ZULU & ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka
CABINET has approved the hosting of the 2017 Africa Youth Championship.
Acting Chief Government Spokesperson Vincent Mwale announced the development at a briefing in Lusaka yesterday.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) awarded Zambia the right to host the tournament last year.
“Cabinet has approved that Zambia should host the Africa Youth Championship in 2017 in order to promote the development of sport in the country,” Mwale said.
He said the hosting of the tournament will be a major milestone for the country and is a prerequisite to stage the Africa Cup of Nations or the World Cup in future.
Zambia finished fourth at the 1999 and 2007 tournaments in Ghana and Congo Brazzaville, respectively, to qualify for the World Youth Championship finals.
Zambia were booted in the group stage at the 1999 World Youth Championship in Nigeria and managed a second round berth at the Canada edition.
Meanwhile, Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya has saluted Cabinet for approving the hosting of the youth tournament.
Kalusha said from Johannesburg yesterday that the decision is an indication that Government is committed to the development of the sport.
“The approving of the hosting of the Africa Under-20 Championship is good news not only to us as FAZ but the whole nation. I have spoken to His Excellency the President and the Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Honorable Vincent Mwale.
“We are very happy with the support we are getting from Government and we need all the support as we host this important tournament in 2017,” Kalusha said.
The 1988 African-footballer-of-the-year said the association will now concentrate on preparations so that Zambia could host one of the most successful Africa Youth Championships.


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