Two sports organisations have hailed government for its intention to increase allowances for the Zambia National Soccer Team and its technical bench.
Sport, Youth and Child Development Minister Kenneth Chipungu recently disclosed its intention to increase allowances for the Chipolopolo boys and the technical bench following their impressive 2010 World/Africa Cup qualifier against the Pharoahs of Egypt last Sunday at Cairo National Staduim.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS sports in Lusaka today, Zambia Volunteer Sports Association (ZAVOSOFA) Patron Peter Makembo said the move to increase allowances for the Chipolopolo boys should be supported by all.
Mr. Makembo said increasing allowances for the team and the technical bench would motivate them to even work extra hard.
He said the increasing of allowances for the National Team should have been done a long time ago.
The ZAVOSOFA Patron urged the Chipolopolo boys and the technical bench not to disappoint government and the fans now that the state was considering increasing their allowances.
Mr. Makembo also urged the government to extend the olive branch to the soccer fans board adding that the soccer fans have always been there for the Chipolopolo boys whenever they were playing.
Association of National Team Supporters (ANTS) Interim Secretary General Robert Kayukwa said government’s decision to consider increasing allowances for the Chipolopolo boys and the technical team was in order.
Kayukwa said increasing the team’s allowances would make the team perform better in the remaining games.
The ANTS Interim Secretary General urged the Chipolopolo boys to continue with the same fighting spirit to qualify to the world and Africa cups.
He also called upon the team not become indiscipline with the increased allowances that the government has promised them.