2 January 2013

Zambia: ZSA Scouts for K120 Million

THE Zambia Squash Association (ZSA) is scouting for K120 million (KR 120,000) to prepare and send a team of 10 players to the All-Africa Senior Squash Challenge in Namibia next month.

ZSA president Norena Chitebe said Zambia would be one of the countries taking part in the continental squash extravaganza in the Namibian capital,Windhoek.

Chitebe said 10 players and two coaches would be making the trip where Zambia hoped to do one better than the silver won from the last championship two years ago.

"We are scouting for money to prepare and send the team to the All-Africa Senior Championship in Namibia. We shall be knocking on doors of the corporate world asking for this money because we have a good team that we know will bring honours," she said.

So far the ZSA has picked a provisional 13 member team that would begin preparation for the games in the coming weeks.

The All Africa Senior Squash Championships is scheduled for February 12 to 23 and from the last competition held in South Africa, Zambia finished second.

Chitebe said that her association would work hard to restore corporate confidence in ZSA to enable the sport get sponsorship again and begin holding regular competitions and send its various teams to international events.

At the the weekend, ZSA hosted the Top-Eight Championship which was won by enterprising South Africa based player Kelvin Njobvu.

She said that it was important that the players were kept in the best possible form ahead of the games and needed to play regularly.

The ZSA chief said the money to meet all the camping and travel costs needed to be found quickly.

She appealed to corporate companies to help the association meet the budget not just for this Namibia outing but also assist in other 2013 activities for the squash body.

The provisional team has Njobvu and fellow South Africa-based Mwansa Chileshe while the rest are locally based and have Mwiinga Lengwe, Manda Chilambwe, Enos Mwale, Frank Wabo, Ken Mwape and Kafwimbi Nkole.

Ever-green Sharon Chimfwembe will lead the women's team of locally based players of Namweene Muchaile, Monica Chimese, Chisenga Chisenga and Ethel Mambwe.

Chitebe also said Felix Chilufya, who was picked as national coach after interviews, would be assisted by Paul Chanda in coming up with gold medal winning team.

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