Zambia: Football Association of Zambia welcomes their week’s column. They initiated the column by concluding the 2023/24 Carling Black Label business. Forest Rangers got the better of MTN Super League champions and CAF Champions League envoys Power Dynamos with a 3-1 scoreline.
The 2023 Charity Shield was unique in that it gave the power to select a team to fans voting for their starting XI. It was exciting to see fans get involved in selection as they always raise dust with selection. It was not the result but the thrill of having fans directly involved in a match. After the Charity Shield experience, fans may have a different perception of what it takes to pick a team for coaches.
In their weekly column, FAZ thanked Zambian Breweries for sponsoring the Charity Shield and making it memorable. The coming on board Zambian Breweries demonstrates how much space there is for the corporate world in the sponsorship of the game.
FAZ said, “We are knocking on several doors to open sponsorship opportunities for the women’s super league, which is in its infancy. We are hopeful that before the 2023/24 season, we can have a sponsor on board to boost the fast-growing women’s game.”
“On the women’s side of the business, our Copper Queens will now focus on forthcoming WAFCON and Olympic qualifiers. We are also reviewing the team’s FIFA World Cup experience, which saw them lose two and win one match. We are also conscious of the anxieties that the FIFA-promised USD 30,000 has caused among the soon-to-be beneficiaries”, said FAZ.
“On our part, we have always done with money; we will duly ensure that the 23 players get their dues as soon as the funds are made available. It is our prayer that the girls will keep their feet on the ground in the face of this rare remuneration. In a small way, we have exposed them to financial literacy training to help them make quality decisions on spending their money.”
Finally, the Chipolopolo will prepare for the September 9 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Comoros. It may be a formal match, but we will use it to prepare for the November round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers. We will also utilize the October FIFA window to play two international-friendly matches. We will, in due course, unveil our opponents and details of the friendly matches.