By CECILIA ZULU
MINISTRY of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education director of human resource Henry Tukombe says sport helps to create a better future.
Speaking during the 2014 Copa Coca-Cola Schools National Championship prize-giving ceremony at Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka on Saturday, Tukombe said sport could create employment for youths.
He urged youths to take sport seriously.
â€œTalent should be nurtured at a tender age. Letâ€™s continue encouraging the young ones to take part in sport actively because it changes peopleâ€™s lives.Â Letâ€™s help them [youths] to develop interest, these are the future leaders,â€ Tukombe said.
He commended Zambian Breweries and Coca-Cola Zambia for supporting youth football.
Meanwhile, Tukombe expressed disappointment with Mwata Day Secondary School pupils for their violent conduct.
On Friday, Mwata Day pupils and officials assaulted referee Peter Mutambo whom they accused of favouring Chongwe during a semi-final match at OYDC.
Chongwe won 2-1 and Mwata Day and their coach Bilong Simuvwimbi were suspended for three years each for violent behaviour.
And Zambia Schools Sports Association president Chipangano Tembo commended the sponsors for their continued support to the development of sport in schools.
Tembo said talent has been tapped since the tournament was introduced.
He said plans are underway to introduce a girlsâ€™ tournament.
Zambian Breweries Plc marketing director John Cochran expressed happiness with the level of competition.
Highridge Secondary School won the 2014 Copa Coca-Cola Schools National Championship after beating Chongwe 2-0.
By CECILIA ZULU