THE Zambia Squash Association (ZSA) has vowed to fight hard to win back corporate support in its efforts to raise the standards of the game in the country.
ZSA president Norena Chitebe said in an interview that her executive wanted to place squash back on the ladder among the best sports disciplines in Zambia and bringing home more international honours.
Chitebe said to achieve this goal, the squash body would need a lot of support from the corporate world to carry out both local and international engagements.
"We have to win back the corporate world, we need them a lot because we want to raise the standards of the game. We have already started talking to some of them and we shall be going to more so that they can help the game get back to its high level," she said.
Chitebe said the corporate world would always ask for accountability for the money pumped into sports and her executive was up to the task, promising that whatever was given to squash would be put to good use.
Already, ZSA is scouting for K120 million (KR 120,000) to send a team of 10 players (both men and women) to the All-Africa Senior Challenge to be staged in the Namibian capital of Windhoek next month.
She said the executive would go flat out to raise the money to ensure that the Zambian players travelled and proved they are among the best in Africa.
Chitebe said the team, to be coached by Felix Chilufya, would also need to prepare adequately for the competition to avoid blushes from a continental competition.
She said the All-Africa Senior Challenge was not the only project her association would be involved in as there was a huge challenge of human resource in the coaching department.
"We have a serious problem on the coaching aspect, can you imagine the whole Zambia only has three qualified coaches.
This area has to improve together with all other areas of the game.
"We need a qualified coach in every club. That is the only way we shall produce top quality players and in large numbers, for all this, we shall need money and the corporate world would have to be a partner in the development of the sport," she said.
The Chitebe-led ZSA executive has been in office for just over three months after an elective annual general meeting.