THE Sports Council of Zambia (SCZ) has said it is desperately trying to source for money to clear unpaid allowances for the coaches who drilled Zambian athletes at the recently-held Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Youth Games.
Speaking in the wake of persistent complaints from trainers over their unpaid dues despite delivering 41 medals at the regional youth games, SCZ vice-chairperson Mwamba Kalenga said the council was making frantic efforts to raise the money and pay the coaches.
Soon after the SCSA Zone Six Games where Zambia minted 12 gold medals, Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili paid all deserving athletes money amounting to more than K1 billion (KR1million)
As the gold-winning athletes were receiving K15 million each, silver medalists K10 million and K7.5 million for bronze winners, Kambwili said Government did not want to see coaches asking for money from athletes and would therefore pay them as well.
But the coaches are still unpaid, more than a month after the end of the games.
Kalenga said the SCZ secretariat was making follow ups with the ministry to secure the funds and clear the groaning coaches and put the matter to rest.