19 November 2012

Zambia: FAZ Appeals for More Prize Money

THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has appealed to Barclays Bank Zambia Plc to consider increasing the prize money for the Barclays Cup competition next year to make it more attractive.

FAZ vice-president, Boniface Mwamelo said it was through such competitions where the brand of Zambian football was enhanced.

Mwamelo said in an interview in Ndola yesterday that while the 2012 edition was a huge success, it was important to make the tournament even more exciting next year by increasing the prize money.

Barclays Bank poured K1 billion into this year's event, which was won by Napsa Stars, who upset defending champions, Power Dynamos at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Napsa beat Power 4-2 on post-match penalties after drawing 4-4 in 120 minutes, becoming the first team from the midlands to win the competition.

Napsa walked away with K200 million-richer while Power got K100 million.

Mwamelo, however, commended Barclays Bank for their continued support to the development of the local sport, saying the financial institution had managed to sustain Zambia's only remaining club cup competition for six years.

He also paid tribute to Supersport International for broadcasting the matches live on pay-television to 44 African countries.

The FAZ vice-president said showcasing the local sport on international television also helped in increasing visibility of Zambian business entities.

Mwamelo said there were still two more slots for cup competitions in Zambia and appealed to the business community to seize the opportunity and help contribute to the development of the local sport.

He also congratulated Napsa for shocking holders, Power in an enthralling final match, saying the feat achieved by the Lusaka side just added to the notion that the Barclays Cup competition had no favourites.

Barclays Bank managing director, Saviour Chibiya said the increase in the sponsorship package this year demonstrated the growing importance that the bank attached to the game.

Chibiya, whose institution has been bankrolling the tournament since its inception in 2007, said it was the bank's belief that football was a strong tool that could assist in keeping the youth away from engaging in negative vices and also promote a healthy life style and create employment opportunities.

Napsa chairperson, Richie Nawa said the Peter Kaumba-coached team worked hard to lift the Barclays Cup trophy and promised to work even harder to retain the title.

Power coach, Beston Chambeshi said his technical staff would work hard to correct the defence frailties exposed during the Barclays Cup final.

Chambeshi said they would also consider reinforcements in some other areas of the team as Power begin preparing for the 2013 African Confederation Cup assignment.

Zesco United won the inau gural tournament in 2007 and defended it the following year before surrendering it to Power in 2009 and reclaimed the title in 2010 only for the Kitwe side to win it back last year.

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