DESPITE Zambia’s 31-0 loss to visitors Algeria on Saturday, Africa Rugby president Abdelaziz Bougja has revealed that both teams qualify for the Gold Cup. Bougja said the decision was made at a meeting held in Tunisia to increase the number of teams participating in next year’s games from six to eight.
“As you know, Zambia beat Botswana and Madagascar in the Silver Cup South whilst Algeria beat Ivory Coast and Senegal in the Silver Cup North, so in this regard it was not a difficult decision to make,” said Bougja.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Youth and Sport director of sport Gib Muyaule expressed delight at the news of Zambia’s inclusion to compete against Africa’s elite.
“The news by Africa Rugby comes as an opportunity for Zambia to feature on a much larger platform and we know it will be tough but we hope our technical bench will put measures in place to drill the team to expected standards,” said Muyaule.
Mopani Copper Mines chief operations officer Deon van de Mersh said his company would continue working with the Zambia Rugby Union to ensure progress.
“We are very pleased with the announcement/revelation that Zambia will participate in the continent’s show piece and we pledge our company’s commitment to the partnership with the rugby union to ensure the team meets all its game fixtures,” said van de Mersh.