21 December 2012

Zambia: Chipolopolo Get Full AFCON Prize Money

ALL members of Zambia's 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) history-making squad have been paid in full their prize money amounting to over K350 million per person.

And Zambia arrived in Dar-es-Salaam on Wednesday evening for tomorrow's international friendly match against Tanzania where the Chipolopolo will gauge its readiness before launching the 2013 AFCON title defence next month in South Africa.

FAZ communications manager, Erick Mwanza said as the squad prepared for the 2013 AFCON finals, all the players and officials had been paid their prize money of K50 million each with an additional K300 million in bonuses.

Mwanza said in a statement yesterday that it was malicious for anyone to claim that some players were still unpaid their AFCON winning prizes.

Reacting to some online publication claiming that some players have not yet been paid, Mwanza said the Chipolopolo would not be distracted by such falsehood as it focused on good preparations for its AFCON title defence.

And the squad was greeted by a horde of journalists and Zambians resident in Tanzania, who included Zambia's High Commission staff on arrival at Julius Nyerere Airport in Dar-es-Salaam on Wednesday.

Zambia's High Commissioner to Tanzania, Judith Kapijimpanga met the team at New African Hotel while her deputy, Elizabeth Phiri welcomed the squad at the airport.

The squad under the tutelage of assistant coach, Patrice Beaumelle had its training session at Karume National Stadium where skipper Christopher Katongo stressed that Zambia would not be under pressure to defend the AFCON crown in South Africa.

Katongo, who just won the British Broadcasting Corporation African-Footballer0-of-the-Year award, said Zambia would be going to defend the title "at ease and without any worries or pressure."

On tomorrow's friendly, Katongo said Tanzania was a solid squad which would give the Chipolopolo a good training match.

The match will be played at the 60,000-capacity National Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam.

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