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Zambia Hockey Association Makes Distress Call for K460,000 to Fund Olympic Qualifiers

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THE Zambia Hockey Association (ZHA) is sweating to raise over K400,000 needed to enable the men’s and women’s team take part in the Olympic Qualifiers in Pretoria, South Africa.

The two teams are scheduled to participate in the men’s and women’s Olympic qualifiers in Pretoria, South Africa from October 29 to November 5.

ZHA president Hazel Kennedy said the two teams have been training and working hard to make sure they make the nation proud by qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

“Equally on the other side, the Association Executive has been working around the clock to make the trip to South Africa a success by engaging the biggest stakeholder government.

“After several meetings, the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Art indicated they would support accommodation while ZHA will handle transport, camping, purchasing of the competition kit and all other logistics which was a big relief

“However, the Ministry yesterday advised us they can only support transport, which has already been secured by the ZHA leaving the Association once more in distress,” Kennedy said.

She said there is no strategic intervention from the National Sports Council of Zambia.

“For the two teams (Men’s and Women’s) and officials for 11 days, the association is looking for K460,000 to cover costs associated with accommodation and food.

“It will be disappointing for the country if the team fails to travel for the qualifiers after the association and the players put in a lot of work and effort.

“We are making a distress call to the President of the Republic of Zambia and the corporate world to come to the aid of the two teams to help with covering the accommodation costs while they represent the country in the qualifiers of the Paris 2022 Olympics,” she said.

Failure to participate at the qualifiers will attract a fine of 5,000 Euros per team and a possible two years ban for the teams from all international engagements.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 18th October, 2023)

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Zambia Consolidates Top Spot At Africa Netball Cup

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ZAMBIA has consolidated their place at the top of the table in the Africa Netball Cup after beating hosts Botswana 53-43 in their third game of the tournament.

The win was Zambia’s third straight victory having already seen off eSwatini and Namibia.

The team now has six points, two better than second placed Zimbabwe.

Zambia remains on course to qualify for the final play-off after the group stage is done.

The tournament is made up of six teams, playing each other in a round robin format. After the group stage, the top two teams will play in a final to determine the champions.

Zambia’s next opponent is Zimbabwe in what has been dubbed as the battle of the Zambezi.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)

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‘We are prepared to get three points,’ Forest coach Mwenya Chipepo eyes win against Power Dynamos

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FOREST Rangers coach Mwenya Chipepo has said his side is prepared to collect three points against former employers Power Dynamos when the two teams meet at the weekend.

Chipepo who recently joined Forest from Power finds himself facing his former bosses, although it is unclear if he will sit on the bench as his clearance has not yet been issued.

Last week, Chipepo sat in the stands for what would have been his first game for Forest Rangers when they played to a 1 – all draw against Konkola Blades in Chililabomwe.

Looking to this weekend’s encounter, Chipepo has said his charges are prepared.

“We are going to play Power Dynamos,” Chipepo said, “they have good players at the moment they are playing very well but if I look at the way we have prepared here, we are prepared to get three points against Power Dynamos.”

Power and Forest are separated by six points. The Kitwe side sits sixth with 21 points.

Chipepo who guided Power to the title last season said he has a fairly good understanding of how his former side plays.

“I know the way they play, I know the type of players who are there and we have planned very well for them,” he said.

On the emotion of playing his former team, Chipepo said, “I just have to control myself they are still my family and I have come to make another family here so it is just a matter of playing a game and make ourselves happy.”

(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)

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Chipolopolo’s global rating drops

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CHIPOLOPOLO have dropped three places on the latest FIFA World ranking, moving from 81st to 84th in the World.

Every month, world football governing body FIFA publishes an updated ranking taking into account FIFA-recognised games that have been played during the course of the previous month.

Zambia’s loss to lowly rated Niger last month could have been the reason the team has dropped three places on the world ladder.

Last month, Zambia beat Congo Brazzaville 4-2 in the FIFA World Cup qualifier at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium before going on to lose 2-1 to Niger.

The team has also dropped on the African continent, moving from 17th to 18th while Morocco has maintained its place at the top.

Meanwhile, 2022 FIFA World Cup winners Argentina who have topped the global list since April have maintained their place at the summit.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)

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