President Edgar Lungu has congratulated the Zambia Under-20 team for their extraordinary victory in the 2016 Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Youth Championship Final after defeating hosts South Africa 2-1 at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on Friday.
In a statement issued by the Special Assistance to the President Amos Chanda, the President has also hailed the impressive performance exhibited by the Zambian athletes who have minted 16 medals in the just ended 7th edition of the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five games in Luanda, Angola.
Mr Chanda said the President has expressed happiness at the Under-20 team for lifting the COSAFA Cup and commended the players and the technical bench for the job well done and hoped that the team will continue to exhibit their exceptional performance in future tournaments.
He noted that the President has assured of unwavering support to the team and urged the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to ensure that the Under-20 Soccer team is nurtured into the future senior national team.
President Lungu has also said Government in its effort to promote football in the country will equally ensure that other sports disciplines are promoted.
“As patron of Football Association of Zambia, I wish to congratulate Mr. Andrew Kamanga, the President of FAZ and his entire executive for putting together necessary arrangements that led to this successful outcome. I wish to assure that my Government will support the development of football and other sports disciplines in the country,” President Lungu said.
The Special Assistance also said the President is happy at the impressive performance exhibited by the Zambian athletes who participated at the just ended 7th edition of the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five games in Luanda, Angola.
Mr Chanda said President Lungu has commended the Zambian athletes in Boxing, Judo, Football, and Runners for minting 16 medals saying they have made the nation proud by putting up such exceptional performance.
He said that with such good performance, the outlook for sports in Zambia had been transformed and was hopeful that sports administrators will not relent but will do everything possible to maintain this record and deliver even better results in future.
The President has also hailed the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Council of Zambia for working tirelessly to ensure Zambia’s participation in the games.