THE Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zonal Organising Committee (ZOC) has expressed happiness with progress Zambia has made towards pr to host next month regional games.
ZOC chairperson Mvuzo Mbebe said that his committee was overwhelmed with Zambia's progress towards staging the Games and that the country was more than ready.
Mbebe said this after touring the National Sports Development Centre (NASDEC), Sunset and Nkoloma stadiums, the University of Zambia (UNZA) and the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) where a swimming pool is near completion.
He said he was comfortable with the works done so far and that he had no concerns that would make him have doubts that the games would not take place.
Mbebe said contractors should be commended for the works done, looking at the improvements made since the last visit in September.
He said the works that should have been completed in six months only took about three weeks to be completed.
Mbebe said he was happy to see Zambia working way ahead of schedule and was also elated to hear that some of the facilities would be handed over to the Government on Monday while the rest of the facilities would be ready on November 25.
"We are very overwhelmed with the progress made because the works that should have taken six months to be completed have been completed within three weeks, a sign that the Local Organising Committee and Government worked around the clock to ensure Zambia is ready for the Games.
"I can now resign as the ZOC chairman happily knowing I have done my part, the works have been completed and I am comfortable with where we are now because Zambia is ready to host the games and people should be proud," he said.
And on the works at the Nkoloma Stadium where the new dressing rooms are being constructed, Mbebe said he was confident the facilities would be completed within seven days.
Meanwhile, Sport and Youth Minister, Chishimba Kambwili has bemoaned the poor working culture by the local contractors rehabilitating the UNZA hostels and other facilities for the Games.
Kambwili, who toured the facility on Thursday, expressed concern at the working culture of Zambian contractors whom he said have failed him having been their advocate earlier.
He said the local contractors should emulate the Chinese contractors' working culture whom he stated that they were working day and night to ensure the job was completed before the games kick off on December 4.
"I am worried with the working culture of our Zambian contractors as they do not want to work day and night to ensure the works are completed on time. Please let us change our working culture instead of wanting to knock off at 16:00hrs so that you can go and drink a cup of Kachasu.
"Let us learn from our Chinese friends because them work even in the night so that they make sure they finish work on time. I am an advocate for the local contractors, but they are letting me down," Kambwili said.
Kambwili, however, expressed happiness with the works done at the institution, saying that everything was on schedule.
He said Government was convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that the country would be ready to host the successful youth games.
The minister commended the contractors working on all the sites that would be used during the games for the good works, urging them to continue working hard.
Education Minister John Phiri said the coming of SCSA had helped the institution get a facelift after several years of neglect.