Four Solwezi Queens Academy FC players who were injured in a team bus accident last Saturday have been evacuated from Mpika to Lusaka.
A coach and four Solwezi Queens players died in the accident that occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning outside Mpika where they were heading for a FAZ Women’s Division 1 league fixture against Mpika Doves.
“The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) wishes to inform the football community and stakeholders that four accident victims from Solwezi Queens Academy who were seriously injured have been evacuated to Lusaka,” FAZ spokesperson Sydney Mungala said.
“FAZ president Andrew Kamanga has thanked government through the Ministry of Youth, Art and Sports and their health counterparts for facilitating the evacuation of the critically ill patients.
“The quartet that was evacuated aboard a Zambia Flying Doctor Service plane are Emeriana Melitu, Mwandu Musonda, Regina Sanduke and Ruth Chinyama.”
Meanwhile, FAZ will all the funeral bills of the accident victims.
“In the meantime, we have dispatched our General Secretary to Mkushi to coordinate the dispatch of the bodies to Solwezi and also the survivors who are out of danger back to their bases,” FAZ President Andrew Kamanga said.
“FAZ will take up the costs for burial of the deceased but will work closely with families and the provincial leadership.”
Road traffic accidents in Zambia are just too much. What is reported is just the tip of the iceberg. Zambian drivers below the age of 30 think that they are immortal on the road. There is too much showing off.
This is the price we are going to pay for a long time to come. Fact is in our country anyone can obtain a drivers licence, through the back door. Police, Politicians as well the rest of Zambians are very much alive to all the facts. Just shows how we do not care about each other. Traffic rules should be revised. There is need for restrictions. Police must wake up as well. Corruption is a big issue. People in our Country do pay the Police in return for a fake passed driving test. Council employees charged with the responsibility of issuing the licences are corrupt as well.
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