Bwalya, Zambia’s all-time soccer great and current president of the Football Association of Zambia, will be in the country upon invitation by the Sports Writers Association of Zimbabwe. He is expected to officiate as the Guest of Honour at a belated banquet organized to present prizes to the top footballers for 2010 who ply their trade in the Premier Soccer League. He will be accompanied by his wife and a team of journalists from his home country.
The offer to host Bwalya was this week announced by Travel Media Chief Executive Officer, Alson Darikayi, who said his company was also muting the idea of engaging the Nyanga Tourism Association and the town’s local authority, with an aim to confer the freedom of either the Town or NTA to the soccer icon.
“He is a great son of the continent, and his coming here has a worthy cause attached to it – he has humbled himself and agreed to leave other busy and urgent schedules to cap the crème de la crème of our local football. That, in itself, speaks volumes about a brother with real African attributes, and our coming on board to support this is our own little way of reciprocating the good thing done by Brother Kalu,” Darikayi said.
The Zambian delegation will leave Harare for Nyanga in the morning of January 28, where the celebrity and his wife will be staying at the Troutbeck Resort while the rest of the contingent will be booked at Montclaire, Rhodes Nyanga and the Village Inn. They will then be taken on a three hour scenic tour of Mt Nyangani, Mtarazi Falls, Nyangombe Falls, Mare Dam, Trout Hatchery and World’s View. They return to Lusaka on the 29, where Bwalya will immediately connect to the FIFA Headquarters on business.
Article by Gilbert Munetsi