Zambia: The Zambia Air Force (ZAF) Commander, Lt Gen Colin Barry, has awarded the Red Arrows Rugby Mens and Ladies Club with promotions to higher ranks as well as employment in civilian positions under the Zambia Air Force.
The ZAF Commander promoted to their next higher rank men and women Club Captains Mutembo Enoch and Mwansa Kabuswe, who are now Flight Sergeant and Sergeant, respectively.
Red Arrows Rugby Club Head Coach, Mwamba Chishimba, is now Warrant Officer Class two, and his Counterpart, Mwansapa Sydney, is a Flight Sergeant.
In another twist of good fate, a further Ten (10) players from the Women’s team were employed as civilians, and Five (5) were given the chance to proceed for military training backed with their academic qualifications.
Speaking during the official Red Arrows Rugby Clubs presentation and handover of trophies won during the 2022/23 season, the Air Force Commander, Lt Gen Colin Barry, recognized the mammoth efforts both the men and women teams had continued to place in the performance of their duties.
He applauded the players for their continued discipline and encouraged them not to relent in their pursuit of more success. The 2022/23 Zambia Rugby Union League Championship win marked the Tenth (10) consecutive Championship the Air Wolves have amassed.
Lt Gen Barry said this achievement was remarkable and no easy feat. He cautioned the players not to become complacent but implored them to push on for more trophies.
The Air Force Commander said he was proud to receive a total of Seven (07) trophies, Three (03) from the men and Four (04) from the women, marking a truly triumphant rugby season for the Club.
The ZAF Commander assured the players that personnel welfare remained a priority of his Command, and it was for this reason that the Air Force would continue to invest in all the Sixteen(16) Red Arrows sporting disciplines as sports had the power to improve the lives of the participants and their families while putting the image of Air Force on the national and international front.
The ZAF Commander further thanked Atlas Mara Bank for their continued support and sponsorship of the Club. He said the Air Force looks forward to co-hosting the upcoming Independence Day Rugby Challenge Tournament scheduled to take place in October this year.
Meanwhile, ZAF Chief of Training Brig Gen Kamima Nyirenda, the General in charge of all sporting disciplines, could not hide his joy but had to thank the Air Force Commander for the continued support for the various sporting disciplines falling under the rapidly expanding Red Arrows brand of choice was receiving.
Club Chairman Col Amos Chitembwe also thanked Command and sponsors for the continued support the Club received, adding that they will continue bringing more trophies to Command.