Copperbelt Minister Hon. Bowman Lusambo has announced the purchase of 2,000 match tickets for Under 20 matches to be played at Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
The open wing tickets at a total value of K20,000 will be distributed to all the four constituencies in Ndola to allow football fans to watch the prestigious tournament.
Hon. Lusambo said the gesture to donate the tickets is in line with President Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s vision to use sport as a unifying factor in Zambia.
“His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has already set the tone by donating thousands of tickets to football lovers on numerous occasions and we feel this tournament is very important for the City of Ndola and fans should be accorded a chance to witness the occasion,” Hon. Lusambo commented.
The Minister who is also Kabushi Member of Parliament has since urged other Copperbelt based Members of Parliament to emulate the gesture and purchase some tickets for their constituents.
He said for tomorrow’s round of matches, the target is to have at least between 10,000-15,000 football fans benefit from the gesture hence the need for other MPs to purchase and donate the tickets.
“As leaders, I feel we have to own this tournament and buy some tickets in order to give chance to those football lovers in their areas we are coming from to enjoy the AFCON euphoria. By doing so, we will also be boosting the match attendance which is key for prospects of future hosting of even bigger tournaments.”
He said hosting the AFCON Under 20 tournament is a huge opportunity for the country to showcase its tremendous tourism offering and expose the country’s immense footballing talent.
“As Copperbelt Minister, it is my expectation that this tournament would be a springboard for some of our exciting young talents because I know there are a lot of football scouts who have descended on the country scouting for fresh talent.”
Hon. Lusambo also urged nationals of country’s participating in the tournaments resident in Zambia to come out and watch the matches and offer support to their respective national teams.
“We have a huge presence of South Africans living and working on the Copperbelt, we also have a lot of Sudanese, people from Cameroun and Senegal living here and it is important that they come out in large numbers to add colour to the matches,” he said.
The Copperbelt Minister further prodded the business community from participating countries who have set up investments in Zambia to seize the moment and offer support to their respective national sides as part of Corporate Social Responsibility by purchasing match tickets.
“A number of companies with origin from South Africa are present in Zambia and particularly on the Copperbelt, they should buy these tickets and let us fill up the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium for the remainder of the matches,” Hon. Lusambo stated.