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By Kennedy Gondwe
BBC Sport, Lusaka


Image of the proposed stadium in Ndola

Teams might train in the stadium ahead of the 2010 World Cup

The Zambian and Chinese governments have signed an agreement for the construction of a 40,000-seater stadium in northern Zambia.

The signing ceremony follows a visit by a Chinese delegation to carry out feasibility studies at the construction site.

Delegation leader Zhang Zijun and Bizwayo Nkunika, the permanent secretary in Zambia’s ministry of works and supply, signed on behalf of the two governments.

The stadium, which will be constructed in Ndola in the Copperbelt province, will cost an estimated $70 million.

Sports minister Gabriel Namulambe said the country’s biggest-ever arena will be ready before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

“The signing ceremony marks the beginning of the construction works,” he announced at the signing ceremony in Lusaka.

“This country will benefit from South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 World Cup if the stadium is completed.

“I am calling upon the private sector to come on board because we need a five-star hotel next to the stadium.”

Chinese ambassador to Zambia Li Qiangmin assured that the construction of the stadium would be completed before 2010.

But the signing ceremony will do little to cushion the nation’s current stadium crisis.

Zambia may play home matches away

Fifa has declared the Independence Stadium in Lusaka unfit to host matches, and Zambia may have to play their 2010 World Cup home qualifiers outside the country.

A parliamentary committee has also recommended the razing down of the stadium.

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Government salutes Chipolopolo boys

By James Muyanwa and Brenda Katongola

frontpic.jpgTHE Government has congratulated the Zambia national soccer team for qualifying to the 2008 African Cup of Nations finals after Sunday’s 3-1 win over South Africa and challenged them to bring the continental title back home following their splendid performance.

Chief Government Spokesperson, Mike Mulongoti said in Lusaka yesterday that the qualification was a surprise and a consoling victory especially coming barely three days after the burial of the late former national team player, Chaswe Nsofwa, who died in Israel last week after collapsing during a training session for his Division Two side Happoel Beersheba.

Mulongoti, who is Information and Broadcasting Services minister, said to ensure that the Chipolopolo brought the Africa Cup to Zambia for the first time, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) should start preparations for the Ghana finals now and the Government was expecting the association to draw up a budget for the preparations which it would look at.

He pledged the Government’s continued support to the sport and called on all stakeholders to rally behind the team and support it financially and otherwise saying that the responsibility was not just for the Government alone.

When asked if the Government was considering honouring the Chipolopolo players in any way, Mulongoti said that he could not commit himself to that but that Cabinet would look into the matter.

Asked if it was necessary to engage an expatriate coach after the team qualified under the guidance of a local one, Mulongoti said that the Government would continue to listen to those who were for and those who were against the idea before declaring its stance.

And soccer fans have continued to congratulate the national team for qualifying to the 2008 Ghana MTN-sponsored Africa Cup of Nations after defeating South Africa ’s Bafana Bafana 3-1 on Sunday in Cape Town .

FAZ treasurer, Rix Mweemba hailed the team for the good result and for making it to Ghana saying, South Africa have tested the bitterness of the loss that Zambia suffered in October last year in the first leg when they beat the chipolopolo boys 1-0 at Independence stadium in Lusaka.

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Just how can the North Koreans teach our U-20 Chipolopolo Boys umupila? But that’s what we are being told they br-01-2.jpgwill offer expertise in. The North Koreans are nowhere in Canada where the best of the best have just advanced to the semi-finals and they will come to Zambia to offer technical expertise in “sports” we are told. Zambia beat Uruguay by 2 to nothing having drawn with Jordan earlier.

 

Our lads are doing just fine and thanks for asking but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it; so do the Texans say and I don’t think we need our cheer leaders from somewhere else because our Chipolopolo fans did a fabulous job both in Vancouver and Toronto.

What we need is to shun these North Koreans at all costs and our good top diplomat Honorable Lupudo Mwape can just tell them that we ain’t looking for new friends we are doing just fine with the ones we got …

We would hate to wake up some day and the world has been embroidered in a nuclear holocaust with North Korea at the helm using Zambian uranium … thanks a trillion

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr. 

CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle 

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