Bulk Mining Explosives (BME), a Chililabombwe based company, on Friday last week donated jerseys and boots worth over K10 million to Konkola Rugby Club.

And Government has challenged the private sector on the Copperbelt to take an active
role in sports development as the case was during the Zambia Consolidated Copper
Mines (ZCCM) era.

Speaking during the presentation of the jerseys and boots at Konkola Rugby Club
yesterday, Chililabombwe District Administrastive Officer Taphen Muloongo said
sports play a pivotal role in national development through healthy living, besides
providing entertainment.

Muloongo said it was saddening to note that Konkola Rugby Club, which has no
official sponsor, was the poorest club in the league despite being located in a
Province endowed wtih abundant natural resources.

He challenged other business houses in the district to emulate the gestrue shown by

He also called on the club management and players to take good care of the jerseys
and boots as well as reciprocate by winning games.

And Club chairperson Calistus Kaoma thanked BME for helping  the club saying the
club was the most poorly dressed despite being among the top eight teams int the
national rugby league.

Kaoma said the donation would contribute to the revival of rugby in the district and
encourage youths to take up sports, which contributes to the fight against social
vices such as drug abuse casual sex and child delinquency.

He was optimistic the firm would consider taking up full sponsorship of the club as
the donation marked the begining of a long lasting relationship.

Meanwhile BME International Business Manager Charles Hurly wished the rugby club
success in its sporting endeavours

Konkola Rugby Club faces many problems ranging from lack of funds, insurance cover,
transport and dilapidated infrastructure.

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  1. We love Rugby and we enjoy playing it. As konkola players we are appealing to the well wisher to start coming in and sponsor us. We have no jerseys, no boots and no proper trainin facilities. Please come on board and make a difference in our game.



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