African statesmen that were invited to the opening ceremony of the African Nations Football Cup (CAN) started to arrive in Angola this Sunday, according to the Angolan News Agency.
The first one to arrive in Luanda was the Zambian Head of State Rupiah Banda, followed by his counterparts from Namibia, South Africa, Congo Brazzaville and Gabon.
The presidents Ruphia Banda, Zambia, Lucas Pohamba, Namibia, Jacob Zuma, South Africa, Denis Sassou Nguesso, Congo Brazzaville, and Ali Bongo, Gabon, were welcomed at the 4 de Fevereiro International Airport by the Foreign Affairs minister, Assunção dos Anjos.
The latest personality to arrive was the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, who was also received by the Angolan Foreign minister.
The opening ceremony of the 27th edition of CAN, also being dubbed Orange/Angola2010, is set to start at 05:00 pm, in Luanda’s 11 de Novembro National Stadium.
On Saturday, State House spokesperson Dickson Jere announced that president Rupiah Banda was going to Angola on Sunday at the invitation of the Angolan president Eduardo dos Santos.
Jere said in an email statement that ‘President Banda is expected to return home on Monday after holding a meeting with his Angolan counterpart.’
“His Excellency, Mr. Rupiah Banda, President of the Republic of Zambia, is scheduled to leave for Angola on Sunday where he has been invited by that country’s President His Excellency, Mr. Eduardo dos Santos.
“The President will be accompanied to Luanda, Angola by Hon. Kenneth Chipungu, MP, Minister of Sports, Youth and Child Development and other Senior Government Officials’ said Jere.