Government has allocated 41 million Kwacha to the men and women’s senior national football teams.
Sports Minister ELVIS NKANDU says of the 41 million Kwacha, 20 million Kwacha has been allocated to the Shepolopolo, while 21 million Kwacha has been given to the Chipolopolo in preparation for the respective upcoming Africa Cup of Nations engagements.
The Shepolopolo will in July this year take part in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations-AWCON- while the Chipolopolo start their AFCON campaign with an away fixture to Ivory Coast on June 3rd, 2022 and will face Comoros Islands on June 7th, 2022.
And NKANDU says the money has been availed to FAZ to ease the burden for the teams preparations.
He however clarified that the money has not been released directly but that FAZ will have access to the funds upon request for various engagements.
Speaking during a press briefing held in Lusaka today, the Minister said the money will also go towards paying the various players allowances while on National duty.
He also disclosed that Government is doing all within its power to grant Defender AIME MABIKA his citizenship.
NKANDU, who also took time to confer with defender FRANK MUSONDA at his office, said government will give support to the FAZ concerning all foreign players that would want to play for the national team.
And MUSONDA said he is happy to be given the opportunity to play for the country.
He said the fans can count on the team to get good results on both games.