PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has challenged Zambian golfers to emulate the Under-20 and win this year’s lucrative Mopani/Redpath Zambia Open that begins on Thursday at Nkana Golf Club in Kitwe.
About 112 golfers from around the world will battle it out for the US$150,000 prize money.
Zambia’s hopes will once again be pinned on South Africa-based professionals Madalitso Muthiya and Dayne Moore while.junior sensation Aaron Simfukwe will be another promising local prospect together with Timothy Sondashi and Mukuka Mwango.
In his welcoming message to this year’s event, President Lungu stated that international events like the Zambia Open not only provided entertainment but also a platform for sharing ideas, cultures and experiences.
In March this year, Zambia hosted the 2017 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations at which our boys made the country proud by winning the tournament. I am also delighted that just last month, the Nkana Golf Club played host to 13 teams from nine countries that participated in the 2017 Africa Region five Golf championship. I am happy that Zambia came out second in the tournament,
stated President Lungu.
“May I therefore take this opportunity to challenge our Zambian golfers participating in this tournament to follow suit and aim high.”
Mopani Copper Mines chief executive officer Johan Jansen said: “We are confident that by joining hands with Redpath Mining and being title sponsors, we will bring smiles to the winners as well as motivation to others to do better next time. We also hope and trust that this will inspire our young golfers, especially those coming from our academy, to aim high.”
Zambia Golf Union president Jason Kazilimani said the profile of Nkana Golf Club would never be the same considering that this is the third time the club is hosting the Open since 2014.
The tournament begins with traditional warm ups, the ProAms starting with the Stanbic Bank one tomorrow and another on Wednesday sponsored by Sandvik before the main tournament tees off on Thursday.