Wina Effect Triggers K730, 000 Pledges for Copper Queens Olympics Journey
Vice President Inonge Wina has taken the front seat in fundraising for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games bound Copper Queens with a breakfast fundraiser hosted at Government House on Tuesday morning.
And FAZ president Andrew Kamanga says his administration’s solid transparency credentials should motivate corporates to invest mire money in the game.
The Republican Vice President’s fundraising breakfast raised over K730,000 in pledges from corporate bodies and individuals to go towards support for the Copper Queens ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games slated for July 2021.
Access Bank and United Bank for Africa have pledged $10,000 and $5,000 respectively while Bank of Zambia has pumped in K100,000 with a similar amount pledged by staff from the Vice President’s office while NATSAVE threw in K60,000 (K10,000 from their Chief Executive Officer), K60,000 from selected permanent secretaries, K50,000 from Zambia National Building Society and K2,000 pledged by the City of Lusaka players.
The over K730,000 adds to the $30,000 that has been raised out of the $2 million budget to successfully camp and prepare the Copper Queens, who are in Group F alongside Brazil, China, and Netherlands at the Women’s Olympics Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 games.
Speaking at Government House in Lusaka, Wina thanked the individuals and corporate bodies for coming to the aid of the Copper Queens, who are Africa’s sole representatives at the global showdown.
“I have no doubt in my mind that we will raise the money and meet the budget of our girls to adequately prepare for the Olympic Games and represent not only Zambia but Africa as a whole,” said Wina.
Wina thanked FAZ for spearheading the fundraising initiative and pledged government’s support to the Copper Queens’ pre- and post-Olympics.
“We thank you Mr (Andrew) Kamanga for the work you are doing to support the girls, and with the participation of all gathered here, the status quo for women’s football can change and it has to change. You need to partner with the Football Association of Zambia and become sponsors of football leagues that have now been established across our nation.”
“The government and my office are keenly following the development of women football in Zambia and I am excited at the potential and opportunities football is creating for the girl child such as creation of employment and reduction in women engaging in other vices that bring great harm to their lives.”
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga said the executive committee was happy with the response from sponsors and hoped that the partnerships will continue on a long-term basis.
“Beyond the Olympics, we also have to be able to sustain the success that we have scored by qualifying to the Olympics and replicate it by qualifying to the Africa Cup and the Women’s World Cup and those are targets which we are yet to achieve,” Kamanga said.
“We are gratified to have this level of support and we appeal to all those who have not turned up today to play their part, What we want to do is to allow us to get more sponsors so that the women’s game can be elevated to the level of the men’s game. We want to make sure that as we move forward, we have a target to ensure that women’s football is equally recognised and that they are able to compete and participate.”
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