PRESIDENT LUNGU EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENT WITH CONTINUED POOR PERFORMANCE OF THE ZAMBIA NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM
“…..tap into soccer legends and fans to halt the declining name of Zambia in football circles.”
LUSAKA, Monday, July 22, 2019——– President Edgar Lungu has expressed deep concern at the poor performance of the Zambia national soccer team.
He said the Zambia was a footballing nation and the country was disappointed with the recent poor performance and losses that the national soccer team had suffered.
He was speaking at State House, Monday, when he swore in the new Minister of Youth and Sports, Emmanuel Mulenga.
He urged Hon. Mulenga to curb the declining name of Zambia in footballing circles.
President Lungu stated says,
“ZAMBIA IS A FOOTBALLING NATION AND, AS YOU ARE AWARE, FOOTBALL UNITES US EVERYTIME OUR NATIONAL TEAM OR INDEED OUR CLUBS SUCCEED.”
“AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL, THE NATION HAS BEEN DISAPPOINTED WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF OUR NATIONAL TEAM LATELY, ESPECIALLY THEIR FAILURE TO REACH THE 2019 FINALS, WHEN COUNTRIES WE CONSIDER MINNOWS QUALIFIED, AND SOME EVEN REACHED AS FAR AS THE QUARTERFINALS.”
“THEREFORE, THE ONUS IS ON YOU, AS THE NEW MINISTER OF YOUTH AND SPORT, TO ENSURE THAT YOU TURN OUR FORTUNES AROUND. THIS YOU CANNOT DO ALONE. YOU WILL NEED TO TAP INTO THE KNOWLEDGE OF SPORTS LEGENDS AND FANS TO HELP YOU PERFORMTHIS MAMMOTH TASK.”
“I CAN PROPOSE FOR YOU THAT YOU CALL FOR A SPORTS OR FOOTBALL INDABA THAT WILL COME UP WITH A SOLUTION TO ZAMBIA’S DECLINING SPORTS REPUTATION”.