By NDINAWE SIMPELWE –
SPORTS Minister Moses Mawere says Zambia has become a preferred destination for international competitions after hosting the Africa Region 5 golf championship in Kitwe.
Mawere said this has been made possible because of the support of the cooperating partners such as Mopani and the commitment of the Government to promote all sports disciplines.
He praised the Zambia Golf Union (ZGU) and its partners for showing that Zambia was better placed to host major tournaments especially that golf was one of the fastest growing sports not only in Zambia but the region as well.
Mawere said with more events being hosted in Zambia, the tourism industry would greatly benefit as well as strengthening the relations with other countries.
“Your (ZGU) efforts have also led to Zambia becoming one of the most preferred countries for hosting regional and international tournaments thereby increasing the number of tourist visiting our country. We will always remain indebted to the African countries for always giving a favour to Zambia to host these kind of events. We believe it’s through these events that we are going to strengthen our ties with neighboring countries,” Mawere.
Zambia recently hosted the CAF Under-20 tournament which the junior Chipolopolo won and the country is in line to bid for the main Africa Cup tournament.
Africa Golf Confederation president Joe Malanji echoed the minister’s statement adding that such events would not be possible without the support of the corporate world such as Mopani who had taken over the maintenance of Nkana Golf Club.
Malanji said Zambia was ready to host any international tournament regardless of the venue because of the current improvement of infrastructure in the country.