The African Cup of Nations (AFCON) has begun its tour ofprovinces with Choma, the new Provincial Capital of Southern Province being thefirst destination.The cup was received in Choma this morning by DistrictCommissioner Golden Nyambe who led other government officials and soccer funsto view the cup.
Scores of Choma residents today formed long queues at theCivic Centre to have a glimpse of the historic trophy whose tour has beensponsored by Konkola Copper Mines and the Zambian Breweries.
Receiving the cup Choma District Commissioner GoldenNyambe said he was happy that the people of Choma were honored with theprivilege of viewing the cup first on its nationwide tour.
‘’ We have the cup in the provincial capital,and that is a privilege to have the cup in the district as its firstdestination, the people of Choma are eager to see the cup,’’ said Mr Nyambe .
And presenting the cup, Smart Mweetwa an official from the National Sports Council said that the cup has been taken to Choma forviewing as part of the country wide tour so that people could have an opportunity to see the cup at close range.
The Cup will have one day stay in each provincial centre with the viewing time starting from 08:00 –17:00hours and will take two weeks to complete its tour country wide.
The Zambian National Soccer Team emerged champions in the just ended African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after lifting the African nation’s soccer trophy by beating the Elephants of Ivory Coast 8-7 on apost-match penalty in Libreville, Gabon.
Anxiety has gripped Kalomo soccer fans following theconfirmation by the District Administration through the office of the Southern Province Administration that the converted trophy earned by the Chipolopoloboys would make a stopover in the township en-route to Livingstone
Scores of fans talked to by EZM Magazine Sports in Kalomoon the coming of the trophy to the province and making a stopover in Kalomo havecheered government for its gesture.
“This is good we need to see it physically insteadof seeing it on newspapers and television while we have it in this country, wehave won it,it is ours and we need even to touch it to have a feel ofit,” one soccer fan said.
However, the tight security measures have been mountedwhile the trophy is moving to places for fans to have a glimpse of it after thevictorious Zambian lads white-washed their Ivorian counterparts in the AFCON finals in Libreville, Gabon on February 12.
According to the district administration, the trophy isexpected to make a stopover for some un specified minutes under tight securityat El Pantano complex of Kalomo township for fans to have a glimpse of it andthen proceed to the tourist capital, Livingstone.
By Norman Kapata