Zambia has disappointingly reaped five medals at the just ended All Africa Games in Rabat, Morocco after investing over US$380,000.00 in 70 athletes.
Egypt which fielded 325 athletes topped the medal table with 273 medals consisting 102 Gold, 98 Silver and 73 Bronze medals.
According to the medal count posted by the Games organisers and monitored by ZANIS Sports, Zambia registered one gold, one silver and three bronze in five events at the 2019 African Games.
Sprinter Sydney Siame minted gold, while National Chess Champion Lorita Mwango won silver and Featherweight boxer Evaristo Mulenga, Badminton ace Owen Mulenga, and Swimmer Talik Paljk bagged bronze medals at the 2019 African Games.
Zambia had selected and entered 67 athletes in 9 of the listed 26 sports disciplines to participate in over 100 events at the 12th edition of the All African Games which started on August 19th and came to an end yesterday on August 31st 2019 in Morocco.
The Zambian contingent comprised 16 Handball players, 4 in badminton, 4 in Chess, 4 in Equestrian, 7 in Athletics, 5 boxers, 4 swimmers as well as 5 in Judo and 18 Players to participate in women’s football.
However about 23 athletes could not compete as they failed to travel to Rabat, Morocco.
The women’s U20 football team and 6 judokas failed to pitch up at the games despite being in camp due to alleged administrative hitches by their respective sports associations.
During Team Zambia’s send off on August 13, Sports Minister Emmanuel Mulenga prodded the team to represent the country well and bring back medals as government had invested US$380,000 in their participation of the games.
However, Zambia failed to mint medals according to expectations as she wound up her campaign at the just ended All African Games in Rabat, Morocco.
After a fortnight of intense competitions among 4, 386 athletes, Egypt topped the medal count at the just ended All African Games in Rabat, Morocco with 273 medals from its 325 athletes.
Out of the 53 countries that participated, 42 won medals with the Egyptian team minting 102 Gold, 98 Silver and 73 Bronze medals ahead of second placed Nigeria with 127 medals consisting of 46 gold, 33 silver and 48 bronze from 311 athletes.
Third placed South Africa won 87 medals consisting of 36 Gold, 26 Silver and 25 Bronze from 154 athletes, while Algeria which came fourth reaped 125 medals which include 33 Gold, 32 Silver and 60 Bronze from 268 athletes.
Hosts Morocco fielded 401 athletes and came fifth with 109 medals consisting 31 Gold, 32 Silver and 46 Bronze medals.