Government has challenged the Football Association of Zambia-FAZ and football clubs to raise the standards of football by attracting more sponsors to the game.
Sports Minister Moses Mawere says once there is more sponsorship to football, players will be motivate thereby putting in 100 percent performance.
Mawere adds this will go a long way in improving the national team’s performance at the international level.
He also says Government has noted the changes to the new league structure saying this is in line with CAF and FIFA standards.
The Minister said this the annual FAZ/MTN super league awards gala in Lusaka last evening.
Meanwhile FAZ President Andrew Kamanga says the Association will this year work to redeem itself by introducing various incentives aimed at improving the standards of football in the country.
At the same function, Former Nkana Football Club Striker Idriss Mbombo bagged a brace of awards as he won the 2018 player of the year and the season’s top scorer prizes.
On the player of the year award, Mbombo beat ZESCO United’s Lazrous Kambole and Tapson Kaseba of Green eagles walking away with a 25-thousand-kwacha cash prize.
2018 Super league season surprise package Green Egales Coach Aggrey Chiyangi won the coach of the year award with a whopping 20 thousand kwacha.
Chiyangi who led Eagles to their maiden appearance in the CAF Confederations Cup beat Red Arrows coach Chisi Mbewe and Nkana coach Beston Chambeshi.
Power Dynamos Football club players Larry Bwalya won the most Disciplined Player Of The Year award beating Collins Sikombe of Napsa Stars and Green Buffaloes’ Sebastian Mwansa.
And Power Dynamos 20-year-old goalkeeper Jackson Kakunta bagged the Young Player Of The Year award beating Wayne Museba of Kabwe Warriors and Lameck Banda of Zesco United taking home a 15 thousand kwacha.
Meanwhile, veteran Footballer and Coach Fred Mwila Senior was the recipient of the Presidential award while Gladys Lengwe won Referee of the year award.