Government spent K 691 million on CHAN tournament

Government says it spend K 691 million to send the national soccer team to the inaugural African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament in Ivory Coast this year.

Minister of Sport, Youth and Child Development, Deputy Minster, Gladys Lundwe said the money was spent on medicals, bonuses, allowances and air tickets for the entourage.

Meanwhile government has disclosed that no price money was given to Zambia and other teams for coming out third including the champions DR Congo.

Lundwe disclosed this in Parliament today during the question for oral answer session.

She was responding to Chipili MP Davis Mwila who wanted to know the money government spends on sending the team to the tournament, the number on the entourage and the prizes for the best four teams.

Lundwe said K 415 million was for allowances and wining bonuses, K25 for million medical fees, K141 for air ticket, and K105 for local camping.

She said K 1.8 million (400 dollars) was given as wining bonuses in the preliminaries while K 2.3 million (500) was given as wining bonuses in the semi-finals.

She said the team had 31 members on its entourage 22 of which were plyers, seven from the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) and two government officials.

Lundwe further said no team including the champions received prizes from but all the eight teams were given the 35,000 dollars (K161000) for participating at the tournament.

And Sports Minster, Kenneth Chipungu said 4,300 dollars was offered to the team as wining bonuses in the world cup qualifying games.

Chipungu Meanwhile said government is not responsible to firing coaches who under perform but it was the responsibility of FAZ.

He has also called on Zambians to use sports as agents of peace adding that it can also be used to create employment to the unemployed youths.

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