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‘Find sponsor for Charity Shield’

GREEN Buffaloes defender Malan Gondwe (left) and Power Dynamos defender Lawrence Chungu duel during the Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu Charity Shield final at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on Wednesday. Power won 1-0. PICTURE: STAFRANCE ZULU

ROBINSON KUNDA, MATHEWS KABAMBA, Lusaka
MINISTER of Youth, Sport and Child Development Vincent Mwale has urged the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to find a sponsor for the Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu Charity Shield.
And FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya is impressed with the standard of play exhibited by Power Dynamos and Green Buffaloes.
Power won 1-0 at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on Wednesday.
Mwale said in an interview in Lusaka that securing sponsorship for the Charity Shield will make the tournament competitive.
He said the tournament is not competitive at the moment because it doesn’t carry prize money for the winners.
“Even if it means playing for charity there should be some motivation to be given to the winners. As it is at the moment, players don’t put in their best because there is nothing that comes with it.
“When you know you won’t get anything you relax and teams are scared to lose players to injuries before the main competition starts,” Mwale said.
He also advised Zambians to take interest in watching local league games.
Mwale said this year’s league is promising to be highly competitive.
“Personally I will be going to watch matches whenever I have time. I am also appealing to other people to take keen interest in watching local games,” he said.
And Kalusha was happy with the performance of Power and Buffaloes.
He said the game was entertaining and it was a sign of an exciting 2016 soccer season.
Kalusha was impressed with the performance of national team players that featured in the match.
The national team players were Christopher Katongo, Jackson Chirwa, Friday Samu, Buchizya Mfune, Stephen Kabamba and Adrian Chama all from Buffaloes while Power had Benson Sakala and Patson Daka.
Meanwhile, Minister of Defence Richwell Siamunene has urged military sponsored sides to challenge for the Super Division and Barclays Cup titles this season.
In an interview after watching Buffaloes lose to Power, Siamunene said all defence force-sponsored sides should be title contenders as opposed to being mere participants.
Buffaloes are sponsored by the Zambia Army, Red Arrows are bankrolled by the Zambia Air Force while Zambia National Service supports Green Eagles.
“We are looking forward to the league which opens on Saturday. The ministry’s expectation is that the teams challenge for the league…and go all the way and battle it out for the only cup competition in the land.
“We are very confident that the coaches have prepared the teams well enough to be ready to take on any opponent. We don’t expect our teams to be mere participants,” Siamunene said.


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