How time flies! It seems like yesterday when Zambia national team won the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 2012, Zambians went absolutely crazy about the exploits of their Chipolopolo. Some screamed and others cried as the power of triumph conqured their spirits and turned them into symbols of joy.
Such was the ecstasy that prostitutes in some parts of Lusaka reportedly offered themselves free of charge to every Jim and Jack as part of their celebration. At a place called Corogo, a man in his mid 20s was beaten up after he took long to ‘perform’ when his turn came as others waited anxiously for their turn.
Zambians have always been passionate about their Chipolopolo, including their President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and it felt so good watching him displaying his skills by juggling the ball when he went to watch his boys taking on Nigeria’s Super Eagles in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Ndola last week.
Sadly though, as Chipolopolo were battling for a slot at global showcase, my beloved Flames watched the action from the comfort of their pads having been booted out in the preliminary stages.
But while the Flames are out of contention for World Cup qualification, it is not all doom and gloom as the Queens will soon be taking part in the Fast5 World Netball Series. I am told the Queens are short of K18 million, but with the First Lady, who is their patron back from the United States, that should not be an issue, I am sure she has returned with some ‘change’ in dollars. Nanga atsikanawa adzingofera label abale? sizowonayi! Come to their rescue mom.
On a lighter note, the First Lady might probably decide to cool off at the lake after such a hectic schedule in the States, and as someone who has been trained in massaging, I am ready to provide her such services—for free of course. Uloliwe wayidudula, neng’esiza hah! (Oh yes, the train is pushing). Glory be to God. n