By Sports Reporter
You can count on my support as your Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Patron, says President Edgar Lungu.
In his congratulatory message to Nkana football club for scooping the 2019/2020 championship, President Lungu called for hard work for the country’s sport to development.
“Congratulations to the 2019/20 Champions – Nkana FC Nkana. A 13th Super League title is no mean achievement at all. Let me also call on other football clubs in the country to continue working hard. You too can count on my support as your FAZ Patron. Let us all work hard to grow the sport amidst COVID-19 challenges. Congratulations Nkana FC!” said President Lungu.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga also congratulated newly crowned FAZ Super Division champions Nkana.
FAZ came under-fire when the Appeals Committees verdict came just minutes before Nkana’s crowning in Kitwe as Forest were destined for a runners-up place and finish one point behind the leaders and champions-elect after a 1-0 home win over Napsa Stars to end their visitors interest in the title race.
But a boardroom decision arrived before fulltime that quashed Forest’s 3-0 walkover home loss to Zanaco for their July 18 unplayed game that they failed to host after revealing that they had 28 Covid-19 cases just before kickoff.
However, Forest failed to deny Nkana the 2019/2020 league title in the replay on August 9 following a 0-0 home draw with Zanaco at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola to settle for second tied on 50 points with a lesser goal difference to hand the Kitwe side a record 13th league title.
“We wish congratulate Nkana for their 13th title, it was well-deserved,” Kamanga said. “It was delayed but as you would expect destiny delayed, can never be destiny denied, so justice has been seen to be done if it was meant to be.Today (Sunday), they have walked away with the trophy and we congratulate them and again they have set a new milestone, a new standard, a 13th title.”
President Lungu earlier swiftly responded to an appeal for assistance and gave the Nkana Midlands Bureau US$32, 000.
According to Nkana Midlands Bureau Patron Chileshe Kandeta, the funds will be used off-set the ENTIRE outstanding dues owed by Nkana Football Club to Walter Bwalya, a former player, and for investment in sustainability programmes for the Nkana Midlands Bureau.
President asked the sports community to install systems that will guarantee transparent, accountable, and efficient utilisation of resources so that there is sustainability in sports management and development in the country.
The funds were received by Nkana Midlands Bureau Patron Chileshe Kandeta, Secretary Dalitso Banda, and Nkana Midlands Treasury Representative Priscilla Katongo Witika.