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By Malawi24 Reporter

Malawian athlete Asimenye Simwaka this morning broke the national record as she clocked 11:68 seconds in Women’s 100m round 1 -Heat 1 at the Tokyo Olympics.

Simwaka, however, failed to qualify for the semifinals since she came last in round 1 -Heat 1.

United States’ Teahna Daniels emerged winner of Heat 1 after completing the race on 11:04 seconds. Britain’s Dina Asher Smith and Murielle Ahouré of Ivory Coast finished second and third respectively. The three qualified for the semifinals.

There was a total of 7 Heats in Round 1 from which 24 athletes have qualified for the semifinals.
Simwaka (2nd from R) in round 1 – Heat 1
Marie Josée Ta Lou and Murielle Ahouré of Ivory Coast as well as Nigeria’s Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha and Blessing Okagbare are the African atheletes who have qualified for the semifinals to be held over the weekend.

Simwaka competed in round one after coming second in the preliminary round where she completed the race in 11:76 seconds, which was also a national record.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are Simwaka’s first Olympics and her first time to compete in 100m events.

Source: M24《》RT


By Chansa Kunda

Various Football stakeholders have welcomed the decision by FAZ to restrict the number of foreign players in the Zambian Leagues.

The introduction of the Quota system will see all Super League and National Division One clubs register and feature only five foreign players in their squads.

NKana Football Club Chief Executive Officer Mutale Kapwepwe said clubs have been given enough time to regulate the number of foreign players that will be playing for their teams.

Kapwepwe told ZNBC Sports News in an interview that the Club has welcomed the move and that he looks forward to the fruits it will yield in future .

And Power Dynamos -CEO- Happy Munkondya said the introduction of the system has been long over due.

He said this is because his club has always believed in grooming young players to fill the ranks.

Munkondya said the club currently has four foreign players adding that regulating the number to five is doing justice to Zambian football .

And Kabwe warriors Chief Executive Officer Charles Chakatazya said with the introduction of the Quota system , the club will deploy more scouts into the provincial Leagues so that young talent can be identified .

Chakatazya said the move will also improve soccer at national level.

And Football analyst Musonda Chibulu said with the League currently having unregulated foreign players , the move will propel local players to work harder .

Meanwhile, Football analyst Puncherello Chama said the Quota system is a wrong move as it will have a drastic impact on teams that will be taking part in continental football .

Chama said what Clubs and FAZ should work at strengthening grassroots structures as it is the foundation of having a strong National team .

On Saturday, Football Association of Zambia-FAZ- Congress during the Annual General meeting -AGM held in Kabwe unanimously voted to have the Quota system introduced for the 2021/2022 football season.

Source: ZNBC Sport《》RT


By Green Muheya

“It has literary ended in tears for everyone.”

Everything was shambolic. And chaotic. Tearful and uneventful it was and a match one badly want to forget to remember.

Poor officiation, tempers, teargas and pelting of stones marred the much touted Blantyre derby on Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium.

The game was tense and dictated by old-rivalry antics with both teams wanting to carry home not only bragging rights of the commercial city, but also honour.

In the end the game end in tears for both as the match finished in a deadlock with both sides netting a goal each.

The Lali Lubani boys, Mighty Wanderers scored in the first half before Nyasa Bullets’s equalizer in the second half.

The Nomads opened the scoresheet in the 14th minute through Stanely Sanudi before the Peoples Team equalised to level the play in the second half from Yunusu Sherrif’s own goal.

However, some controversial decisions by referee, Gift Chicco and Bernadette Kwimbira led to some chaotic scenes.

The Nomads supporters were furious with some decisions like being denied a second goal scored by Peter Cholopi from a corner kick for a foul.

The saga reached at the pinnacle of the boiling point, when Stanley Sanudi was denied a corner kick.

This led to Sanudi being furious asking Bernadetta Kwimbira why she denied him a corner kick.

In process of complaining, captain Alfred Manyozo Jnr and Ted Sumani joined in, in quizzing Kwimbira the same question.

Police protection
Referee, Gift Chiko rushed to the scene before handing a yellow card to Manyozo and Sumani, who was already shown another card in the first half.

This development angered the Nomads fans, who pelted stones in anger of the decisions.

John Chidakwani of the populous Ndirande Township, a Bullets supporter said: “It has literary ended in tears for everyone.

“I think the referees ought to be professional and follow the rules of the game to the letter. What happened today is disgusting.”

The game was stopped for close to 30 minutes, as the police and Stewart tried to calm down the situation.

However, when calm prevailed, the game was resumed only to be stopped again after Vincent Nyanguru was trickled down inside the box by John Lanjesi.

Referee, Chiko wanted to blow the whistle for a penalty only to change his mind at the eleventh hour.

The game was stopped again as supporters were not happy with the officiation.

However, It was the turn of teargas to end the match as it affected players inside the pitch.

Tears were all over from players and officials due to the teargas.

Players scrambled for water to wipe out the teargas in their eyes, as the police whisked the referee team away from angry fans.

Another drama was witnessed while the game was in progress when a Bullets supporters invaded the pitch to pour urine on Richard Chipuwas goal.

All in all, the Blantyre derby ended 1-1 but with a lot of drama that could make a beautiful script for a comedy of a Nigerian movie.

Source: NT《》RT


By Chansa Kunda

Chipolopolo Coach, Milutin Sredojevic says he will prove wrong, those doubting that Zambia cannot beat Algeria, in tomorrow’s AFCON qualifier match.

Micho says facing Algeria, who are the current AFCON defending champions as well as Group H leaders, is a huge motivation for the Chipolopolo.

He says Algeria will be a great force to reckon with, despite missing key players, who have been instrumental in their qualification to the AFCON tournament.

Micho was speaking on Wednesday during a pre-match conference at Lusaka’s National Heroes Stadium, the venue for the AFCON qualifier match.

And Chipolopolo Captain, Kabaso Chongo said his fellow team-mates are geared for the game.

Source: ZNBC Sports《》RT

HARARE-Highlanders technical director Mark Harrison will get a pay cut until football activities resume, the club’s chairman, Kenneth Mhlophe has revealed.

Mhlope confirmed that the club has been engaging their sponsors (NetOne) and Harrison on the salary issue. He said:

It’s a difficult period for everyone and we have not been spared by the effects of Covid-19 as the halting of the football season affected us.

We are continually engaging our sponsors as we try to see how we can come out of this in the best condition.

Salary cuts are taking place all over the world, with top clubs in Europe implementing them as a survival strategy, so we are also looking at what we can do in order to ensure the survival of the club during these trying times.

Meanwhile, the club’s major sponsor NetOne has reportedly given Highlanders a three months’ notice of termination of the sponsorship deal amid reports that players and coaches are yet to receive their salaries for April.

Source: Pindula 《》 RT

Some  South Africa-based Zambian footballers have committed to continue training, amid the pandemic.

Ajax Cape Town midfielder, Rodrick Kabwe says it has not been easy being under a lockdown for 5 weeks, but that perseverance has kept him going.

And, Polokwane City FC Midfielder, Salulani Phiri has equally welcomed the easing of the lockdown in South Africa, saying it is a sigh of relief.

Phiri says the online training by his club has helped him keep in shape, adding that exercising from outside now, has made things even better for footballers.

The two Zambian internationals were speaking to the media, from their bases in South Africa.

Source: ZNBC 《》 RT

Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has denied that he made any negative comments about Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

It had been reported that Adebayor had criticised Africa’s football governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), along with the Reds duo.

It was claimed that Adebayor was unhappy with players winning the CAF Player Of The Year award when not playing in the continent, and was quoted taking a dig at Mane and Salah.

Salah picked up the award in 2017 and 2018, before Mane became the latest player to win the prestigious accolade last year.

Adebayor has lept to his own defence to deny that he made the comments, using his own Twitter account to address the claims.

“My attention was recently drawn to comments, shared by certain media on social networks, made on CAF and on my colleagues Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane,” Adebayor said in a statement on Twitter.

“I would just say that these statements are not mine. I have not granted any media interviews. Always be careful not to post false information.”

Adebayor also captioned his tweet with the quote saying: “Friends watch out for #fakenews!”

Source: Echo: Rhodesia Times

Xavi has been talking about Barcelona captain Lionel Messi in an Instagram chat with Samuel Eto’o and reckons the Argentina international has “got five or seven very good years left in him.”

The 32-year-old admitted in his Ballon d’Or acceptance speech back in December that “retirement is approaching” but Xavi thinks he has a way to go just yet.

“He’s still got five or seven very good years left in him,” he said.

“He takes good care of himself and he can keep playing until he’s 37, 38 or 39.

“He’ll play at the Qatar World Cup, I’m sure.”

Messi’s current contract at Barcelona expires next summer, but his renewal is said to be one of the club’s top priorities as they look to secure his future.

The Argentinian spoke about the Qatar World Cup in June 2019 but said he did not know if he would be able to play in the tournament and that he would have to “see if my body holds up.”

Source: SB Nation: Rhodesia Times

DR Congo-born and ex-Nkana striker Patrick Kabamba says the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) should not rush to implement the planned quota policy.

FAZ wants to introduce the foreign quota policy next season.

A quota will restrict the number of foreign players clubs will feature, unlike at the moment where teams are allowed to have up to 11 foreigners in the starting lineup.

Kabamba, who is currently playing at Gaborone United in Botswana, said the quota policy is good but must be implemented gradually.

“This issue of foreign players is not only in Zambia but whole over Africa,” Kabamba said.

“I can’t be against the restricting of foreign players. I can’t say no to this idea. Sometimes when you have too many foreign players it becomes a danger to local ones,” the former Zanaco and Zesco United player noted.

“When locals ones are not having game time because of many foreigners it also affect the national team especially if you don’t have many players abroad,” he said.

The FAZ League has over the last five years witnessed a huge influx of imports that has seen clubs like top-flight club, Buildcon; field an entire starting XI devoid of Zambian players.

“It’s not a bad idea but also we have to see the issue of contracts for foreigners at clubs. It is something you should follow gradually. You can’t just decide today and then tomorrow it is enforced,” Kabamba said.

“It will be a bit tough for clubs with foreigners who have two or three years contracts. What will happen next for them? They will be forced to terminate their contracts and then it will require a lot of money for you to pay them,” Kabamba said.

The striker emphasised that Zambian clubs need foreign players to excel in CAF club competitions.

“It is a matter of sitting down together, talking about this issue and finding a solution. We want to continue seeing our clubs like Nkana, Zesco United and Zanaco playing well continentally. I am always proud to see these teams going far like the group stage,” Kabamba said.

Source: LT 《》 RT

Spanish based 400 meters runner Kennedy Luchembe says he is happy to return to outdoor training after Seven weeks of staying indoors.

Luchembe, who is the current Zambia National Under 20, 400 meters Champion, was on Sunday among people in Spain that were allowed back on the streets to exercise.

He has told ZNBC Sports News in an interview that life is slowly getting back to normal for him and other African Athletes that are currently based in Spain.

Luchembe, who is based in the Valencia’s Alicante Province, said while on lockdown his focus was to stay safe so that he could continue representing the country at major tournaments once the Coronavirus is mitigated.

And, Zambia Athletics Association -ZAA- National Chief Development Coach Sydney Mushipi said following the easing of restrictions, Luchembe and other Zambian Athletes must focus on major championships that have been moved to next year.

Mushipi said Luchemebe should continue working hard as he is set to take part in the World Athletics Under 20 Championships that have been moved to next year in Nairobi, Kenya.

Source: ZNBC: Rhodesia Times

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