A SPECTACULAR firework display in Lusaka last night provided a final flourish at the closing ceremony as Zambia bade farewell to the fifth edition of the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Under-20 Games, passing the button to 2014 hosts, Zimbabwe.
After the Games, flame was doused out at Nkoloma Stadium, Sport and Youth Minister, Chishimba Kambwili handed-over the SCSA Zone Six flag to Zimbabwean Minister of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture, David Coltart, symbolising the shift to the new hosts for the sixth regional sports spectacle.
Various performances, which included rich traditional Zambian dances and local music diva, Mampi Mukape, added some spice to the closing ceremony of the Games with a theme 'Rhythm of our Nations'.
The 2012 SCSA Zone Six Games mascot, Nyoni also bade farewell in a fashionable way, dancing his way from the pitch.
Athletes from 12 participating countries paraded in the stadium with volunteers as the Games' theme song played.
South Africa emerged overall winners of the 2012 SCSA Zone Six Games with 132 medals, which included 67 gold and were trailed by Namibia in second position with 65 medals while hosts Zambia reaped 41 medals to finish third.
Of all the participating countries, only Mauritius and fellow Indian Ocean islanders, the Seychelles failed to win a single medal.
And Kambwili said the last 14 days had been eventful as the athletes demonstrated their immense talents in various sporting disciplines and also cemented relationships among participating countries.
Kambwili paid special tribute to President Michael Sata for making the Games possible through timely allocation of funds and other resources during the preparations.
He said after staging the regional games and with robust sports infrastructure development, Zambia could now aspire for bigger sporting events like the All Africa Games and the Africa Cup of Nations football championship.
SCSA Zone Six Games organising committee chairperson, Mvuzo Mbebe thanked the Zambian Government and its people for putting up an admirable show and urged the nation to now use its experience to aspire for greater things.
Local Organising Committee (LOC) chairperson, Esau Nebwe said organising the Games had been a wonderful experience for his team and that Zambia was now poised to host major international sporting events.
Coltart promised a remarkable sixth edition of the SCSA Zone Six Games in 2014 in Zimbabwe.