Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili on Tuesday said Cabinet has finally approved the name of Lusaka stadium, which will be called
‘Gabon Disaster Heroes National Stadium’
Twenty Cabinet ministers are said to have sat down and approved the name.
“Cabinet has finally approved the name of Lusaka stadium, which will be called Gabon Disaster Heroes National Stadium. This is in honour of our national football team that perished in 1993 while on national duty,” Kambwili said.
A lot of Zambia have expressed shock and disappointment at the name.The two soccer Associations namely, the Zambia Soccer Fans Association and the Zambia Sports Fans Association are not happy that government has included Gabon and Disaster to the new name, which they say do not represent the national heroes that Zambia has had.Zambia Sports Fans Association chairman Peter Makembo said the name is also too long for a stadium.
Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya said the 50,000 capacity stadium under construction in Lusaka should be called ‘Heroes Stadium’ and not Gabon Disaster Heroes National Stadium.Kalusha yesterday tweeted that ‘Heroes Stadium’ is more appropriate as it will include the heroic performances by national teams of 1974, 1993, 1994 and that for 2012 which won the Africa Cup.
Soccer fans talked to said they could not believe national leaders could come up with such a name.