Bankers hold key to sensational title fight as FAZ/MTN league closes today
THE FAZ/MTN Super League crown will finally be decided today with second placed Forest Rangers facing ‘Sensational’ Zanaco at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
Despite not being title contenders sixth placed Zanaco will hold the key to the trophy vault as table toppers Nkana could pick up the spoils if Forest Rangers fail to win in their backyard.
Nkana are leading the pack on 50 points while Forest Rangers is hot on their heels with 49 points.
Zanaco will be the king makers with Coach Chris Kaunda having carried his full strength squad that could give Forest Rangers some headaches.
However, Forest Rangers has shaken off their post-covid-19 blues to revive their title claim with a huge statement made at Arthur Davies Stadium on Thursday where they deservedly buried Napsa Stars’ title hopes with a 1-0 win courtesy of a Lameck Silwaba goal. With that spirited performance at Arthur Davies Stadium they reached a historic milestone by qualifying to the 2020/2020 CAF Champions League.
Tenant Chilumba will be looking the prolific Adama Zikiru, Qadri Kola and Lameck Silwaba to lead the lines.
Forest Rangers has also experienced camapigners in Webster Muzaza, Conlyde Luchanga and Shadreck Malambo.
In goal Mathias Kigonya will provide the final safety net.
The bankers will be looking to wind up the season on a high with the likes of Roger Kola, Chitiya Mususu, Moses Phiri and Charles Zulu expected to light up the show.
With Chipolopolo coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevoc keeping an eye for local talent players in both teams will be motivated to put in their best shift.
The match will be live of pay television channel SuperSport and kicks-off at 15:00 hours. In line with the covid-19 guidelines, the game will be played behind closed doors.
(Source: FAZ Media)
MoH, UNICEF and SIDA announce a new US$ 5.2 million agreement in Zambia to boost essentials health services to mitigate the impact of COVID-19
THE Swedish International Development Agency in partnership with UNICEF and the Government of Zambia have signed a K94. 6 million worth agreement with a view to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the Zambian Health sector.
The partnership is also aimed at supporting existing health services in Zambia by providing essential commodities for reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), by procuring oxygen concentrators for hospitals in Southern, Eastern, Luapula, and Muchinga Provinces.
And Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr Kennedy Malama has thanked the partners for the support in the sector.
“This support comes at a crucial time for Zambia in the COVID-19 response and will go a long way to supporting essential health services. We thank the Government of Sweden for their generous support to the people of Zambia, especially our children,” Dr Malama said.
Part of the partnership is also lined up to provide personal protective equipment to 5,000 health workers in 983 primary health care facilities and 48 hospitals.
Swedish Ambassador to Zambia, Anna Maj Hultgård, said her country is happy to be able to make this important contribution to Zambia.
“We place great importance to supporting the health system in Zambia and essential health workers not only to empower them to safely respond to the Covid-19 Pandemic but also to ensure that essential services such as maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health and nutrition can continue with minimal disruption,” Hultgård said.
She said about one million people in Zambia are expected to benefit from essential health services and commodities supplied under the programme.
72 per cent of Zambian businesses are unable to raise funds due to COVID-19, FSD Zambia
HIGHLIGHT results of a survey on the financial impact of COVID-19 on Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) conducted by FSD Zambia in collaboration with BFA Global show that Zambian businesses critically need working capital, with 72 per cent of businesses unable to raise funds.
This is according to a statement released by FSD Zambia Head of Communications, Eneyah Phiri.
Phiri states that the research, which was aimed at understanding the economic situation from the perspective of MSEs, shows that about 40 per cent of MSEs are seeing a significant decrease in revenues.
“The survey was also designed to assess MSE digital readiness as a method to limit the impact of COVID-19. Despite these odds, most MSEs foresee continuing operations. They are confident that their business revenue is enough for the same level of production and are optimistic about recovery” Phiri said.
As recent studies have shown, the lowest income segments are particularly vulnerable to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic slowdown. The survey by FSD Zambia and BFA Global was conducted to better understand the effects of the crisis on MSEs in the country.
Meanwhile, FSD Zambia Chief Executive Officer, Betty Wilkinson, said, “The key issue of gaps in working capital is important. So is the optimism and commitment of small firms to stay alive through the challenging COVID-19 period. FSD Zambia will be looking for options to help financial institutions grow working capital loans and expand our own Working Capital Access project to help these enterprises survive and thrive.”
The results of the survey will help FSD Zambia, Government and other financial market players to fill the gap in digital technology, to facilitate commerce not only in the time of COVID-19 but in the near future. As MSEs are encouraged to adopt the use of digital platforms, partnerships among key stakeholders of the sector should aim to improve internet connectivity issues, technological infrastructure and lower prices of digital financial services.