AFRICAN champions Zambia were on Thursday night feted by Samsung Africa at a colourful dinner held at the Government Complex in Lusaka.
Samsung Corporation, who are commemorating the Samsung week in Zambia for the first time, are the major sponsors of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and earlier in the year donated phones to the Chipolopolo Boys after Zambia won the continental showpiece in Libreville, Gabon, on February 12.
Samsung Africa Chief Executive Officer (CEO) George Ferreira applauded the team for emerging champions and reiterated Samsung's support for sport in Zambia and Africa at large.
"We are very happy that Zambia won the Africa Cup of Nation's trophy for the first time of which we are the major sponsors of the tournament and that makes us happy at Samsung.
"As Samsung we will continue supporting sports in Zambia and Africa through our corporate social responsibility," said.
Currently, Samsung is in a partnership with the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) where the company sponsors children in different sports disciplines and the CEO said the company would continue the partnership to move sports forward in Zambia and Africa in general.
And Ministry of Sport Permanent Secretary, Agnes Musunga thanked Samsung for holding the event in honour of the Chipolopolo Boys who begin their title defence next Saturday in Ndola against Uganda in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations South Africa 2013.
"The Government, through the Ministry of Sport, is happy with Samsung for supporting the Chipolopolo and for giving us an opportunity to dine and wine with the African champions," she said.
The Permanent Secretary's words were echoed by Minister of Community Development Joseph Katema who equally thanked the electronic giants for their good work towards sports development, and assured the firm of Government support.
"Government will continue supporting firms that take time to give back to the community.
"I was in Kafue with Samsung where they painted and repaired the roof of the school and as Government we are happy that the company is looking in all areas including sport to give back to the community," said the minister, who was accompanied by his Commerce counterpart, Bob Sichinga.