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Go to fullsize imageThe Zambian Chronicle has officially endorsed Kalusha Bwalya for the presidency of the Football Association of Zambia with immediate effect.  

We believe that Great Kalu has the necessary expert training, skills and administrative abilities needed in the next CEO of the Zambian Enterprise’s Soccer Fraternity. 

We don’t really need to ring bells for him here at the Chronicle because we believe that his whole life Action file photo of Luis Garcia (L) and Kalusha Bwalya (R) of Club Americais a testimony not only the contributions he has made to soccer franchises in Zambia and around the world. 

When you travel around the globe, two names are synonymous with the Zambian Enterprise and one of them is that of Great Kalu. I once traveled to a certain country where everybody just called me “Kalusha” when they learnt I was Zambian. classy-daddy-3.gif

Kalusha Bwalya is an international icon who has severely made the Zambian Enterprise proud. While we are cognizant of the fact that elections are a tough business, we wish him well above all else … thanks a trillion.

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle

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KUMASI, Ghana (AFP) — Zambia scored a comfortable 3-0 win over a spirited Sudan in a Group C battle of the outsiders in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations here at the Baba Yara Stadium on Tuesday.

The Chipolopolo, as the Zambian team are known, took an early lead through a James Chamanga lob after just two minutes and added a second five minutes after the interval through the outstanding Jacob Mulenga.

Felix Katongo further punished poor defending by Sudan when he tapped home the third goal in the 59th minute after goalkeeper Abdalla Elmuez failed to hold on to a shot by Rainford Kalaba.

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Zambia coach Patrick Phiri said: “It was important that we won this match but I noticed some few lapses in our defence and this we must work on before our next game against Cameroon.”

“Zambia had a good game today,” admitted Sudan coach Mohamed Abdallah. “They took their chances well. Probably if we had done same earlier in the game, we would be talking a different thing now.”

“We like to play under pressure and so expect us to play a lot better in our next game.”

A downcast Sudan striker Faisat Agab added: “We lost this game but must now look forward to our next two games and see what we can make of them.”

Zambia sit atop Group C after the 4-2 win posted by Egypt over four-time champions Cameroon earlier in the day.

After going in front, the south Africans, who were without their leading scorer Christopher Katongo through suspension, pressed on as in-form Chamanga combined well with Felix Katongo in the ninth minute only for Katongo’s shot from on top of the box to scream across the face of goal.

Badr Eldin’s scorching effort from 30 yards nearly got Sudan an equaliser after 12 minutes but it came off the woodwork with goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene well beaten.

The quick inter-change of passes and movement by the fleet-footed Zambian forwards spearheaded by the exciting Mulenga often got the Sudan back four into trouble but big defender Ritshard Jastein proved a steadying influence for this team back in the Nations Cup after a 32-year absence.

As time wore on Sudan found their bearing and began to take control of the midfield as they strung passes among themselves with great understanding. They would even have drawn level on 29 minutes but Gibril Alaedin ballooned his shot into the stands when it would have been much easier to score.

Zambia looked dangerous when they counter-attacked while the Nile Crocodiles enjoyed more of the ball but this was mostly in their own half of the pitch and so did not really trouble their opponents.

Sudanese target man Faisat Agab’s bouncing header on 48 minutes produced a finger-tip save from Mweene but Katongo responded for Zambia almost immediately as Elmuez was forced to stretch his giant frame before he could scramble the ball for a corner.

Mulenga headed home from the resultant corner for Zambia’s second goal of the night before Katongo added a third with a cool tap-in.

Mweene was forced to produce an unusual punch-out of Jasteine’s 66th minute powerful freekick as Sudan continued to mount pressure for a consolation goal but again and again they did not have the ammunition to get on the score board.

Mulenga was denied a second goal by Elmuez who dived full length to parry for a corner the lively Zambian striker’s goal-bound header in the 84th minute.

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The Chipolopolo have summoned three players from their standby list as they prepare for the African Cup of Nations of 2008…

Zambia’s head coach Patrick Phiri has listed three stand-by players for the Zambian team ahead the Ghana 2008 African Nations Cup, and has opted to call each of them up for the pre-tournament training camp.

The Zambians are presently involved in serious preparation towards the forthcoming tournament, and as such the coach has decided to invite striker Fwayo Tembo, Defender Hichani Himoonde and goalkeeper Charles Chileshe to train with the squad.

Phiri said he decided to call up Charles Chileshe because at present he has only one goalkeeper, Mike Poto, at present, making practice difficult.

Phiri called up three goalkeepers in his provisional list, but two are based in South Africa and as such are still deeply involved in the ongoing Premier League there.

The goalkeepers are Kennedy Mweene and Kalililo Kakonje, and both are expected to join up with the team before the end of this year.

“We need to train with two goalkeepers, that is why we have brought him (Charles Chileshe) into the team,” clarified the boss.

He also said striker Tembo would arrive from Tunisia where he is reportedly sealing up a deal with African Club Champions Etoile du Sahel. The other standby player, Himoonde, has already joined the team and is helping out with training.

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Boxer Esther Phiri (l.) weighed in Friday before defending her title by defeating Belinda Laracuente of the US (r.) in Lusaka, Zambia.Lusaka, Zambia – The surge of young Zambian girls chanting “Esth-ah, Esth-ah, Esth-ah!” told the story Saturday night as Esther Phiri waved triumphantly to the crowd at Woodlands Stadium in the Zambian capital of Lusaka.

Moments earlier, Ms. Phiri had successfully defended her Global Boxing Union super featherweight world title, winning against Belinda Laracuente, a more experienced and polished American fighter, and adding another victory to her improbable run as the first female boxing champion from this southern African nation.

To many observers, Phiri – a single mother and former street vendor with little education who is now a household name – could strike a large blow for women in a country where major gender inequalities remain in everything from sports to politics to HIV/AIDS.

That’s a tall order for a young woman who only recently emerged from Mutendere – the impoverished area that many of Lusaka’s urban poor call home – and who is now grappling with the confusion of newfound fame. But with encouragement from her corporate sponsor, the National Milling Corporation Ltd., the soft-spoken Phiri is beginning to use her celebrity to set an example for Zambian children.

Phiri says she sees herself as a role model for Africans. “It’s not good to be staying idle,” she says, explaining that young girls in Zambia’s hardscrabble neighborhoods often fall prey to drinking and prostitution. “I just give them encouragement. “Everything has changed because of boxing,” Phiri adds.

Before, “I lacked something to do with my life. God blesses me through boxing.” After her father died when she was in sixth grade, Phiri – one of eight children – was forced to leave school and sell vegetables on the street. Then, at the age of 16, she became pregnant.

How Phiri got her start as a boxer

But after taking up boxing as part of a local initiative promoting HIV-awareness and participation in sports, Phiri was introduced in 2003 to Anthony “Preacher Man” Mwamba, a retired Zambian boxer who advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and now works as a trainer.

“When we met that time she was just a novice, but she had heart,” says Mr. Mwamba, who took Phiri under his wing. “She didn’t even know she could be someone.” By July of 2005, Mwamba had Phiri in the ring. Her early fights included a draw and a series of losses, and there were no frills – they traveled long distances by bus.

Male boxers didn’t make things easy. “They used to insult me,” says Phiri with a laugh, recalling how they said she just came to the ring because she wanted to be near the men.

But in late 2006, Phiri stepped into an unscheduled fight in Nairobi, Kenya, with the the reigning Women’s International Boxing Federation (WIBF) Intercontinental Junior Lightweight titleholder, Kelli Cofer of Ohio, and won an eight-round decision. The win and the resulting publicity made Phiri a household name.

Billboards with her picture line streets and the government television broadcaster carries her fights live. Newly rich by Zambian standards, Phiri, her daughter, and her mother now live in a bigger house in a middle-class Lusaka neighborhood. National Milling is paying for Phiri, who was previously illiterate, to complete her education and to learn to drive her new car.

The champ gives back

Phiri has donated money and clothes to a local orphanage and visits with players in a youth soccer league. In talks with kids, Phiri stresses the importance of sports as a way to boost confidence for young Zambian women and help them avoid the pitfalls of sexually transmitted infections and early pregnancy.

“She’s ventured into ground that was a domain for men,” says Mwiika Malindima, chairman of the Gender and Media Southern Africa Network in Zambia. “I think she’s a role model for many women.” But Mr. Malindima and others would like to see her do more community work with women.

And Zarina Geloo, a local newspaper owner, says that the largely uneducated Phiri, surrounded by men in the world of boxing, is still not fully aware of just how influential she could be in her new role as a prominent female citizen. Navigating the challenges of fame has not been easy, Phiri says.

She’s receiving advice from all corners, including Zambia’s president, Levy Mwanawasa, who met with Phiri and counseled her to be wary of men and not to squander her newfound fame and fortune. Aside from boxing, Phiri wants to finish school and says she has a “business mind.”

Phiri’s next fight is in March, and her promoters are dreaming of securing a bout in Las Vegas. Still, while Phiri now holds two world titles, finding other sponsors for a female boxer in the region remains a challenge. But many Zambians, including males, are just happy to have a champion.

As one young Zambian man shouted with a smile upon seeing an American leave Phiri’s Saturday night victory – “Zambia is strong!”

Source: Christian Science Monitor

 

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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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The delighted GM-elect receiving his first prize in Arnem [Photo Ben Schulte]

Amon Simutowe of Zambia who recently acquired a Bachelors degree from the University of Texas in Dallas – USA is the world’s newest Grand Master for the game of Chess. The event was being held in the Dutch four-star NH Rijnhotel, on the banks of the river Rhine in the town of Arnhem, which is famous for the John Frost Bridge, the site of inspiration for the book and film ‘A Bridge Too Far’ and the 1944 “Battle of Arnhem”.

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In the lobby of the Rijnhotel there is a big exhibition of Dutch Chess Art

Perhaps the brightest star to rise on the African horizon in a long time Amon who was born on January 6, 1982 in Ndola, Zambia, has burst on the chess blazing a trail of tournament successes unprecedented for a player from the African continent. Having won his first tournament at 12, he went on to win the Zambian championship at age 14.

Final standings

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Ziska,H (2392) – Simutowe,A (2421) [B15]
Euwe Stimulans Arnhem NED (8), 25.08.2007
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.Be3 Qb6 6.Qd2 Qxb2 7.Rb1 Qa3 8.exd5 Nf6 9.dxc6 bxc6 10.Bc4 0-0 11.Nge2 Ba6 12.Rb3 Qa5 13.Bxa6 Qxa6 14.0-0 Rd8 15.Ne4 Nbd7 16.N2c3 Qc4 17.Qe2 Nb6 18.Nd2 Qxe2 19.Nxe2 Nfd5 20.Bf2 Nc7 21.Ne4 Ne6 22.Rd3 Nd5 23.Rfd1 Nb4 24.Rc3 Rac8 25.a3 Nd5 26.Rcd3 Rb8 27.Rb3 Ndf4 28.Nxf4 Nxf4 29.Nc5 Rxb3 30.Nxb3 e5 31.Na5 exd4 32.Nxc6 Rd7 33.Kf1 Ne6 34.c3 d3 35.Nb4 d2 36.c4

According to news reports from Arnhem, the 25 year old Amon actually completed his final GM norm with a round to spare, after a dramatic eigth-round encounter with IM Helgi Dam Ziska of the Faroe Islands. Simutowe had 6.5/7 needed just a draw to fulfil the norm, having won all his games but one in the previous rounds.

We at the Zambian Chronicle would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Amon for his great accomplishments and much for making the Zambian Enterprise proud … thanks a trillion.

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle

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He finally jetted in Friday afternoon and Zambia had her weekend romance with Bill Clinotn. Upon arrival the former US president toured the warehouse with Philippe Douste-Blazy, chairman of the board of UNITAID, an organization formed last year by France and 19 other nations that have earmarked a portion of their airline tax revenues for efforts to fight HIV/AIDS in developing countries. 

From there he went to a soccer tournament with former President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda. Super Ken went ahead and presented a neckerchief to him; Clinton tore off his red tie Zambia's first president Kenneth Kaunda.and put on a green, red and yellow Boy Scout neckerchief presented to him by KK.  

At the tournament, the crowds and dignitaries were ecstatic as the young lads were having a bowl while as per his usual personality had to merriment them charmingly … “Most of the people in Africa, and in the world, who have the HIV virus … do not know it,” Clinton quizzed.

State House was eagerly waiting and he finally arrived at 14:35 Zambian time on Saturday as Zambian officials vied for photos with him some complimenting him for his leadership … “You were great in office, and you are even greater out of office,” Zambia’s health minister, Brian Chituwo, said in a speech. 

Levy Mwanawas Zambian presidential candidate President Clinton appended his autograph to the State House guest book and had over an hour closed-door meeting with HE Levy P Mwanawasa, SC.  Zambian dignitaries in attendance included Foreign Affairs minister Mundia Sikatana, Zambia’s ambassador to the United States Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika and other senior government officials. 

After his meeting at State House, President Clinton arrived later on Saturday evening at Arcades Mall around 19:30 for an unannouced dinner. Shoppers were thrilled to see the former leader of the free world and an excitement frenzy enthused. It was a rockstar moment; President Clinton left immediately after dinner.Former US president Bill Clinton (l) talking to the first president of Zambia Dr Kenneth Kaunda at Lusaka Polo Club  on Saturday - Picture by Thomas Nsama

He jetted out this afternoon for Tanzania where he held meetings with political leaders on the mainland and in Zanzibar in an effort to break down the remaining resistance to expanding AIDS initiatives.

Zambia and South Africa fall under the “Procurement Consortium Group” while Malawi and Tanzania are under the “Partnership Group” within the Clinton Global Initiative strategies.

President Clinton is expected back in the United States of America by Tuesday and the Zambian Chronicle wishes him God Speed and a safe trip back home … thanks a trillion. 

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle

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