The Ngonis are this year’s Champions in the nt after they defeated their traditional cousins, the Bemba speaking people in the annual sporting event.
The tournament was held at Chipata Golf Coast, which is the oldest Golf Coast in Zambia and second oldest in Africa.Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo said the annual Golf tournament helps promote unity among Zambians.
Kasolo as guest of honour at the event stated that it hurts when some people talk ill of other tribes stressing that all the people are one regardless of which tribe they hail from, hence the need for the promotion of coexistence among all tribes in the country.
“ This is evident with the tournament although it is dubbed the Ngoni and Bemba Golf Tournament, it does not segregate other tribes, “ he said.
The tournament which was played on Sunday saw the two sides winning various awards in different individual categories where the Ngonis
emerged as overall winners.
Overall , the Bembas’ amassed 336 points against their traditional cousins’ 316 in the men’s category while in the ladies category the Ngonis got 194 points against the Bembas’ 164 points.
The individual champion was scooped by Christian Kombe from the Bembas’ side who got 42 points.
The tournament was also spiced by other golfers who were not either Ngoni or Bemba and were provided with Ngoni traditional head gear
popularly known as Vishutu in the Ngoni language as token of appreciation for their participation in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Chipata Golf Club president Charles Ntinda urged the golfers to consider assisting the vulnerable in society. Ntinda stated that there was need for those that are privileged to assist those that are poor to bridge the gap.
And Kasama Golf Club President Peter Sinkombe said his team was humbled with the hospitality it received in Eastern Province. MTN and Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZANACO) were the sponsors of the tournament.