Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo on Friday secured 20,000 AFCON match tickets from Konkola Copper Mines Plc for Copperbelt based football fans.
On Wednesday, Hon. Lusambo who is also Kabushi Member of Parliament launched an appeal for organisations to donate match tickets for Copperbelt fans to watch the ongoing prestigious tournament at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
He set the ball rolling with a donation of 2,000 tickets from his personal funds and now KCM has joined in and donated a whopping 20,000 tickets for the remainder of the tournament.
Speaking after concluding the talks, Mr Lusambo said he was pleased that KCM has become one of the first organisations to respond to his call for corporate organisations to donate to enable football fans to watch the matches.
He commended KCM for showing strong commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and understanding the mood of the nation.
“His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has on several occasions demonstrated that through sport, our nation can be reunited and this again is evidenced by the manner in which the performance of the Under 20 national team has reenergised the nation,” Hon. Lusambo said.
He added, “It is very encouraging to see companies operating in this country responding to our call and KCM has wasted no time in donating the 20,000 tickets.”
Hon. Lusambo revealed that other corporate institutions such as Zambezi Portland Cement and several others have also responded by donating tickets for the matches.
“We still want more companies to come through and be part of the history. They can contact the Provincial Administration and make their donations. Football is our country’s number one sport and brings so much joy. Our target remains to have very good seats in the stadium taken up,” Hon. Lusambo said.
The open wing tickets will be distributed through specially mounted booths near the entrance on a first come-first serve basis.
A special number from the KCM tickets will reserved for KCM employees on the Copperbelt with their identity cards to ensure easy entry to the match venue.
KCM Chief Executive Officer Steven Din said the mining giant is proud to extend its long-standing relationship with Zambian football.
Mr Din has since congratulated the Young Chipolopolo on qualifying to the FIFA 2017 Under 20 World Cup in South Korea and for making it to the semi-finals of the Under 20 AFCON tournament.
“We wish them the best in their remaining fixtures and have absolute confidence that they will secure the trophy,” Mr Din said.