A suspected sewer pipe across the Kaloko restaurant at Ndola’s Savoy hotel burst yesterday discharging some effluent and the move has irritated the Botswana and Lesotho national football teams who fear the discharge could be sewer effluent which can affect the health of their players but management says it was a water pipe that was leaking.
Sources close to the teams told the Zambian watchdog that unknown liquid was coming out from the roof and suspected it could be from a sewer pipe just shortly before the two teams who are accomodated at the hotel were about to have their dinner on Thursday sending hotel management and staff into panic as they started moving the tables.
“You know our boys need to be in a healthy environment, as any illness can affect the team’s performance. So we are really disappointed that such a thing could happen, we are yet to see what will happen but hotel staff say it is a small problem,” said an official who sought anonymity.
And Savoy hotel workers confirmed that a pipe burst and started discharging plenty of water in Kaloko restaurant on the second floor but maintained that it was clean water and not sewer effluent as feared. The workers however said the pipes were too old and if the hotel was to maintain its old reputation, there was need to completely replace the pipes which have become old.
As repairs were being carried out in the night, water supply was disconnected and tournament protocol officers in the company of armed state policemen were also seen at the hotel around 20:00hrs yesterday.
Government failed to rehabilitate the Godfrey Chitalu stadium in Kabwe which was supposed to be one of the venues for the matches, shifting the teams to Kitwe’s Nkana stadium, which also is lacking some facilities for an international tournament.