US $6,000 each for Chipolopolo Boys
Zambia’s President Rupiah Banda has urged the Youth, Sport
and Child Development minister Kenneth Chipungu to facilitate payment of the US
$6,000 (K20,443,500) as winning bonus to the National Soccer team despite losing
5-4 on post match penalties to Nigeria during the on-going 2010 AFCON Cup
tournament in Angola.
President Banda urged Mr Chipungu to pay the amount
promised to the players if they had won the quarterfinal game against
Mr. Banda said despite the team having lost the game on
post-match penalties, the team played very well in the 120 minutes game which
included the extra time and therefore deserves the bonus.
assured the national soccer team players to be paid US $6000 each if they win
the quarter finals against Nigeria. The West African footballing giants however
ended up as winners against Zambia 5-4 on post match penalties.
Banda has urged the country’s soccer fans to turn up in large numbers tomorrow
to welcome the National Soccer Team alias Chipopopolo boys from the 2010 Africa
Confederation Cup (AFCON) Angola at the Lusaka International Airport.
President has since dispatched a plane to pick the national team from the
mineral rich Southern African country has urged local soccer fans to dress
themselves in national colours to welcomethe national team tomorrow.
is contained in a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today by the Special
Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Dickson
Mr. Banda said the national team made Zambia proud by their
excellent performance in the quarterfinal game against Nigeria which they lost
5-4 on post match penalties.
He noted that the last time Zambia reached
the quarterfinal was 14 years ago.
The President has also disclosed that
he will host the team for a luncheon at State House on Thursday together with
various companies that contributed to the Presidential Fund raising Initiative
for the team.
President Banda, who has taken a leading role in raising
funds for the team, said he was certain that Zambia will be a team to reckon
with in the future because it has many young talented players.
one of the countries that qualified in the quarter finals at the ongoing Orange
Africa Cup of Nations in Angola but was booted out of the competition when they
lost to Nigeria by 5-4 on post match penalties.