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FAZ outlaws political attire

FOOTBALL Association of Zambia president Andrew Kamanga (left), Vice-President Inonge Wina and Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Moses Mawere with the Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations mascot in Lusaka on Tuesday.PICTURE: COLLINS PHIRI

ROBINSON KUNDA & STEPHEN PHIRI, Lusaka
THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has banned political regalia at the Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations kicking off tomorrow in Lusaka and Ndola.
And under-20 national team coach Beston Chambeshi says his troops are ready for battle starting with tomorrow’s clash against Guinea.
FAZ communications manager Desmond Katongo said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that no-one will be allowed to enter venues for matches clad in political regalia.
Lusaka’s National Heroes Stadium and Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola will stage the matches.
Katongo said FAZ wants to see Zambians unite during the two-week tournament.
“This tournament is supposed to unite us. Therefore, we have banned all political regalia regardless of which political party one belongs to. We should be one and even remain more united when the event finishes,” he said.
Katongo said allowing fans to be clad in political regalia has potential to cause confusion and eventually disrupt smooth proceedings of matches.
And Chambeshi said the technical bench has done its best in preparing the team for the tournament.
He said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the team is injury-free.
“I think we are all geared and we want by all means to win the opening game against Guinea,” Chambeshi said.
Meanwhile, Lusaka mayor Wilson Kalumba has called on soccer fans to be peaceful in their celebrations during the Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations.
“As a friendly people of Lusaka, we encourage you to take care of our visitors in the usual friendly Zambian hospitality way during their stay in Lusaka. This is an African tournament, for Africans by Africans and as such, there are no winners and no losers,” Kalumba said.
In a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday by Lusaka City Council assistant public relations manager Brenda Katongola, Kalumba said there is need for the tournament to unite Africans.
He also said hosting the event will give an economic boost to Lusaka and Zambia at large.
Kalumba is excited that the tournament will boost the country’s foreign exchange earnings.
“The City of Lusaka warmly welcomes you to the capital city of Zambia. We are so excited that Zambia, home of the Chipolopolo and Lusaka in particular is hosting some of the games in the 14th edition of the 2017 Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations soccer tournament,” he said.
Kalumba urged visiting teams to enjoy their stay in Zambia.




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