14 November 2012

Zambia: ZOC Officials Inspect Facilities

OFFICIALS from the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zonal Organising Committee (ZOC) are in the country for the final inspections of the facilities to be used during December Games.

The officials would also hold meetings with the Local Organising Committee ahead of the Games slated for December 4 to 17 in Lusaka.

The officials yesterday carried out an inspection of Nkoloma and Sunset Stadium that would host the men and women football games and Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) and National Sports Development Centre (NASDEC).

Meanwhile, 100m runner Chaoness Choosha has expressed confidence that Zambian athletes would perform well and win medals during the Zone Six Youth Games next month.

Choosha, who represented Zambia at the London 2012 Olympic Games, said in an interview after a training session at the OYDC that she was confident of winning medals for the country during the Games.

She said she had no doubt that other Zambian athletes would put in their best to ensure the country hauls medals but that the key was to prepare adequately.

Choosha said it was high time Zambia, apart from hosting the Games, started winning such competitions.

"I am confident of performing well and winning medals and I shall use the experience gained from the London Games to win medals and also improve on my personal time. We have a good chance of winning medals especially that we shall be at home," she said.

Athletics chief coach Sydney Mushipi said the morale of the athletes in camp was high and that the coaching staff has selected a strong team that would compete for honours in the track and field events.

Mushipi said the 29 athletes that have reported for camp were responding well to training while the remaining 13 were expected to be in camp by the weekend.

"So far so good, the team is okay and in good shape. We have put up a strong team in track and field events and we are hopeful that our athletes would put in their level best to bring medals for the country," Mushipi said.

Women soccer team player, Misozi Chisha, who is based in the DR Congo, said the team was capable of winning at the tournament if they work as a team and not individually.

Chisha, who plays for TP Mazembe women team, said the team had gained enough experience which should enable the players win at the games adding that the team should have a positive attitude towards training.

"It is very possible to win the tournament but as long as we work as a team and remain dedicated towards training. We have been together for some time and I am sure we can reach the finals and win a gold medal," she said.

National Paralympics Committee (NPC) acting president George Gondwe said the athletics team which has visually impaired young boys and girls was equally shaping up well and focussed on winning medals at the Games.

Gondwe said the association would also use the Zone Six Games and the disability sport to roll out programmes for all provinces planned for next year and also to set up permanent teams for various disability sports.

He expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Sport for their financial and material support given to the committee which he said motivated the NPC to put up a team for the Games and promised to repay the gratitude with medals.

"We salute the Ministry of Sport for their outstanding support, our success in putting up and preparing the team for the Zone Six Games is due to the Government's and unwavering technical, financial and material support," he said.

Countries that would take part in the event include Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe with the sports disciplines to being athletics, also for visually impaired, basketball, boxing, football, judo, netball, tennis and swimming.

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