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Samsung launches ‘Dream Camp’

FORMER national team skipper Christopher Katongo demonstrating to Munali and Matero Boys Secondary School pupils during the ‘Dream Camp’ at Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: JEAN MANDELA.

DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO, Lusaka
SAMSUNG yesterday launched a youth football programme dubbed the ‘Dream Camp’ at Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka.
The programme that drew football players from Munali and Matero Boys Secondary Schools is aimed at helping participants with skills development and interactive training with former national team skipper Christopher Katongo.
Katongo encouraged upcoming players to remain resilient if they are to achieve their dreams.
He gave an account of his rise in football, recalling how he played barefoot but never gave up until he became one of the most renowned footballers in the country.
“My rise was never easy but I still remained committed to chasing my dreams. I faced a lot of challenges but I never gave up. I pushed and here I am…the only footballer in southern Africa to win the BBC player of the year,” he said.
Katongo, the Africa Cup winner in 2012, was in the same year crowned BBC player of the year.
He urged players to put God first and remain disciplined, saying it is a key to success.
“Our greatest passion in Africa is football and the Dream Camp gives young footballers the opportunity to go after their dreams. The Dream Camp has inspired Zambia to create tomorrow’s legends and support football talent,” said Katongo, who is also Samsung brand ambassador.
Samsung Zambia business leader James Chona pledged his company’s commitment to supporting youth skills and football development.

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