Several proprietors of Video Show houses in Lundazi district in Eastern Province are taking advantage of Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) pronouncements that it was unable to televise the Ghana 2008 Africa Cup of Nations because of its failure to secure more than K5 billion to beam the games live.
One of the proprietors of a pay video show house at Lundazi Main market who opted to remain anonymous, told ZANIS that he was happy with news and will take advantage to charge soccer fans who would want to watch the games on his Digital Satelite Television (DSTV).
He said although there were some few individuals in townships with paid-up TV channels, they could not meet the demand due to limited room capacities.
The businessman disclosed that proprietors of commercial video show houses are geared to meet the high demand of soccer lovers and said that several logistics have already been put in place.
And a check by ZANIS yesterday, found that owners of video show houses were busy giving a facelift to their broken benches, loors and repairing power generators in case of possible power failures.
Other proprietors were found expanding walls and sealing leaking roofs.
Meanwhile, a soccer fan, Nason Manda has appealed to Government to assist ZNBC with the balance of money needed to enable the national broadcaster pay for the required licence fee to show the games.
Mr. Manda said it was much safe to watch games in their houses rather than travelling long distances to watch the matches at the main market during nights.
The 2008 Ghana MTN Africa Cup of Nations kicks of this Sunday with 16 African national soccer teams eyeing the continent’s prestigious golden trophy.
A 30-member Zambian contingent consisting of players and officials including coach Patrick Phiri are already in Ghana in readiness for the tournament.
Zambia is in Group C with Sudan, Cameroon and defending champions Egypt.