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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.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/africa/7000480.stm

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In a repeat of the African qualifying competition, Nigeria’s Flying Eagles had too much experience for their Zambian opponents, the Copper Bullets, who battled bravely before going down to a 2-1 defeat.

The eagerly-anticipated all-African showdown, taking place on 12 July in Ottawa, did not take long to get going. Nigeria, runners-up at Netherlands 2005, struck the first blow after just three minutes, a powerful header from Uwa Echiejile doing the damage.

Zambia, meanwhile, appeared somewhat out of their depth, keeper Jacob Banda having to be at his agile best to prevent the Flying Eagles extending their lead. However, a moment’s indecision in the Nigerian backline let in Emmanuel Mayuka, who crossed for Rodgers Kola to level the game on the 33-minute mark.

The stormy conditions that had plagued the first half eased after the interval, the sun finally emerging from behind the clouds. And with it came the decisive goal, Chukwuma Akabueze powering home a strike on 57 minutes worthy of winning any game. The scoreline would stay that way, despite the host of clear-cut chances that fell to both sides before the 90 minutes were up.

Next up for the Flying Eagles is a trip to Montreal, where they will face either Chile or Portugal in the quarter-finals. The Copper Bullets, for their part, can make the long journey back to Zambia with their … I guess the Nigerians had a lot of help from the North Koreans, thanks a trillion

http://fifa.com/u20worldcup/matches/round=249409/match=58885/summary.html

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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