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FAZ rakes in K6 million


THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) raised K6.3 million from gate takings during the Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations.
The games were staged at Lusaka’s National Heroes Stadium and Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa Stadium from February 26 to March 12.
FAZ treasurer Rix Mweemba said in an interview in Mazabuka yesterday that K6,372,472 million was raised from ticket sales.
“We have finished tabulating and I can confirm that the gross income for both National Heroes Stadium and Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola is K6,372,472 million.
“The surplus is K2,170,72 from the 2017 Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations that we hosted.  This is against the expenditure of about K 4,202,400,” Mweemba said.
He said FAZ is happy with the overwhelming support it received from various stakeholders, especially from Government.
“We would like first of all to thank our patron and republican President Edgar Chagwa Lungu for his support. We are humbled. The turnout by supporters was excellent. We are grateful. Without the involvement of supporters and other stakeholders the tournament would not have been a success.
“From the K6,372,472 million that we have raised, we are paying the Zambia Police, Red Cross, Fire Brigade and many others that rendered their support towards the hosting of the tournament,” Mweemba said.
The budget for hosting the Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations was K30 million.
Meanwhile, under-20 national team coach Beston Chambeshi has urged striker Conlyde Luchanga to up his game ahead of the FIFA South Korea Under-20 World Cup.
“It is latest to hear that he [Luchanga] has been released from his club in Israel [Hapoel Ra’anana]. I have to get more details from the manager but if it is true he has been released, then there is need for him to work extremely hard,” Chambeshi  said in Lusaka yesterday.
During the Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations, Luchanga was used in the opening match against Guinea but was withdrawn for Portugal-based midfielder Emmanuel Banda, who went on to feature in all the matches as Zambia emerged victorious.

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