PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pretoria- Sunday 27th May 2018
Zambia Under 20 team has scooped the Regional Annual Sports Award for best sports team of the year 2018.
The award was received on behalf of the team by Solomon Sakala of ZESCO who is the captain of the Zambia Under 20 national soccer team.
The prestigious event was held at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Johannesburg South Africa.
Zambia were run-up in the category for coach of the year, where Beston “Quicksilver” Chambeshi was nominated for winning the Under-20 Africa Cup and for taking the Zambia Under-20 to the world cup in South Korea as quarter finalist.
Zambia also had Kennedy Luchembe as run-up. Luchembe is a gold medalist from the Commonwealth Youth Games held in Bahamas.
And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba, said he was pleased that Zambia has began to regain its past glory in sports.
He urged corporate institutions to invest in sports to complement what government was doing.
He said more companies beyond mining and financial institutions should partner with government in investing in sports.
He stated quoting Nelson Mandela that “Sport has the power to change the world, it has the power to unite and to speak to the youth in a language they understand”.
The regional sports awards started with nine countries that included South Africa, Botswana, Namibia Zimbabwe and others.
Meanwhile South Africa’s Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa said sports bring Unity OF Africans
She said unity would guarantee prosperity of African countries.
She added that sports will be one of the pillars that will help achieve the African Union 2063 development agenda.
The regional awards are held by the sports arm of the African Union, the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) which is divided in five regions.
Naomi Nyawali First Secretary Press and Public Relations
Zambia High Commission Pretoria South Africa