Four mining companies to sponsor division one north teams
Government has finally reached an agreement with four mining companies operating in Kalulushi district for the sponsorship of division one North teams.
Division one teams Kalulushi Modern Stars and Chambishi Football Club were at the verge of collapse due to lack of sponsorship.
The four mining company have agreed to take up the sponsorship of two once famous clubs after meeting Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili and his delegations who called on them.
Chambeshi Metals and Chambeshi Copper Smelter have agreed to take up the sponsorship of Chambeshi FC while Chibuluma Mine will support Kalulushi Modern Stars together with Africa Non-Ferrous Mining Company (NFCA) which has also been directed to follow suit.
During the meeting NFCA proposed to support its own club, NFCA Dragons to which the Minister advised that it be incorporated into Kalulushi Modern Stars.
Mr Kambwili stated that Kalulushi is a small town which requires one strong team hence the need for the two clubs to merge if they were to favourably compete with other teams.
He reminded the four mining companies that government is the shareholder of the mines through ZCCM holdings saying this was the reason why government is always giving guidance.
He told the representatives from the mines to meet the executives from the two clubs for budget preparations.
He further urged the mines to appoint officials who will be working with the clubs executive to ensure accountability in the use of funds.
And Chambishi Metals Chief Executive Officer Hira Singh said the company is ready to start sponsoring the team after meeting the club executives.
He stated that his company will soon sit with co-sponsors Chambeshi Copper Smelter to strategise on the package.
Details of the package has however not been disclosed while the sponsorship is expected to start next season as mining companies have developed their budget and the football season is underway.