…As distribution of jerseys to lower league clubs commences
By Michael Miyoba
THE Football Association of Zambia has reaffirmed its commitment to developing football standards in the country.
In an interview with the Daily Nation Sports in Lusaka, FAZ communications manager Desmond Katongo said the association will this week begin the distribution of football kit to all Division two, three and women’s football teams with the aim of developing football standards in lower leagues in Zambia. Katongo said the development of football in lower leagues could not be realized without support from stakeholders, hence the need for FAZ to support lower division and women’s teams.
He noted that the provision of football kit was in line with the amended FAZ constitution which stated that FAZ would every season provide kit to all Division two, three and women’s teams from all the 10 provinces.
“We are committed to improving the standards of football in Zambia. We realize that teams from Division two and three including women’s teams face numerous challenges, hence the need for us to provide teams from lower leagues with training kits.
“The provision of football kit to all lower league division clubs is in line with our constitution which stipulates that all division two, three and women’s teams in Lusaka and the Copperbelt will be beneficiaries of football kits from FAZ,” Katongo Said.
Katongo said for Zambia to have strong national teams at all levels, there was need for the grassroots football to be well nurtured. He noted that by providing football kit to teams playing lower division football, FAZ would be contributing to the development of football in the country.
“The distribution of football kits to all division two, three and women’s teams in Lusaka and the Copperbelt will commence sometime this week. FAZ will physically distribute the kit to the provincial centres in all the 10 provinces.
“All Division two, three and women’s team in Lusaka and the Copperbelt will be expected to send their representatives to collect the kit at their respective provincial centres on dates to be communicated,” Katongo said.
More than 200 clubs are expected to benefit from the initiative from Zambia’s football governing body.