SPORTS Minister Chishimba Kambwili was made to pay a US$20 (about K100, 000) fine for answering his mobile phone while on the training pitch with the African champions.
In a spectacular showing of the greater unity and bond that the squad has with its leadership, the incident caused a moment of laughter and joy as the squad applauded the application of one of the squad rules which was made famous throughout the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
Answering a phone at the Chipolopolo dining tables is chargeable at $10 per minute. A mobile phone ringing during training, meal times and meetings is also punishable by $10.
Going late for any meal attracts a fine of $20 for every minute while repeated breaches lead to expulsion.
Moments after fining Football Association of Zambia spokesperson Erick Mwanza $20 for having his mobile phone ring while on the training pitch, Chipolopolo assistant coach Patrice Beaumelle was on hand to collect another fine from Kambwili.