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U-20 AfCON budget soars to K49m


THE budget for the hosting of next month’s Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations has been adjusted upwards to K49 million.
The initial budget that Minister of Youth and Sport Moses Mawere announced last week was K41 million.
Mawere said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the budget was adjusted upwards to K49 million after going through the costings.
“Our initial budget was K41 million but after going through all the requirements and also because of some changes in the pricing of certain things, it has gone up to K49 million,” Mawere said.
The minister said the K49 million is the final budget as he does not foresee any significant changes in the pricing of things required to host the continental championship.
“This figure (K49 million) is our final budget. We have even submitted it to the Ministry of Finance for consideration,” he said.
He said only K5 million has been released so far but the government is working on ensuring the full amount is ready before the tournament kicks off.
Mawere said the K49 million is enough for Zambia to host one of the most successful continental tournaments.
He is happy that preparations are going on as planned and is confident all logistics will be in place by the time the tournament starts.
“We are on schedule and everything is going as planned. We already have the national team in camp and our committees responsible for different roles are already meeting.
“I was briefed by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president (Andrew Kamanga) that they want the team to be in camp here (Zambia) for about three weeks and play a number of friendly matches against neighbouring countries, then they will go to Spain for two weeks,” he said.
The minister is confident the Beston Chambeshi-led technical bench will assemble a strong team capable of winning the tournament.
Hosts Zambia are in Group A with Egypt, Guinea and Mali while Senegal, South Africa, Sudan and Cameroon make up Group B.
The tournament will kick off on February 26.

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