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Football News | Mar 26, 2004

Zambia TV Seeks Funds To Show Game Live

Times of Zambia

THE Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) is scouting for funds from the corporate sector to facilitate the live screening of the Under-23 national soccer team's do-or-die Athens Olympics qualifier against Ghana on Sunday.

ZNBC programmes director, Ben Kangwa (above), said in an interview yesterday the corporation was earnestly working behind the scenes to raise the money by today after which the final position would be taken on whether the game would be screened or not.

Kangwa who declined to say how much money ZNBC was looking for to beam the game live,

appealed to business houses to take keen interest in the game and put their resources together.

"We are trying to raise the money for the game and we have already sent out feelers to the corporate world to come to our aid. What we need is a colossal amount and we'll only know for sure whether or not we are screening the game tomorrow," he said.

Kangwa said the business houses willing to pay back to the community by being part of the sponsors list for the crucial game could get in touch with ZNBC marketing department.

Local fans have had a drought in terms of watching live soccer matches involving the national team or Zambian club sides on ZNBC with the only live games screened being UEFA Champions League courtesy of Canal France International

The recent Olympics qualifier against South Africa in Chingola which Zambia won 2-1, was televised on ZNBC courtesy of the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

Against Algeria, the game which ended in a 4-2 victory for Zambia was not televised live and a recording was only screened after 22:00 hours.

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