ZAMBIA’s Ambassador to France Christine Kaseba-Sata has urged professional footballers and the citizenry living in the diaspora to invest their money wisely back home and contribute to boosting the country’s economy.
She said this in the wake of Stoppila Sunzu’s recognition award at the L’Union Nationale des Footballeurs Professionnels (UNFP) in the 2019 best performing defenders category in Ligue Two.
She urged talented youths in the country to develop creatively and not tumble through the cracks.
Ambassador Kaseba-Sata dded that it would be prudent for Zambians in the diaspora to plan for their future in Zambia for time will come when they’ll need to go back.
She also called on professional footballers to be vigilant and set themselves up for the future by investing in something tangible they could focus on after they hang up their boots.
Ambassador Kaseba-Sata congratulated Sunzu on his award.
According to Yande Musonda, first secretary press at Zambia’s Embassy in France, the award ceremony which was held at the Pavillon ďarmenonville in Paris, saw the Zambian defender who plays for Metz in France, earn a place in the Ligue Two Team of the Season.
Sunzu played a significant role as his club secured promotion to Ligue One.
Sunzu and Ghanaian national football team centre back John Boye were both named in the French Ligue Two Team of the Season Campaign for their remarkable defensive contributions.
The Trophees UNFP du football are awards given annually by the National Union of Professional Footballer Players to players playing in Ligue One and Ligue Two, as well as to managers and referees, the most prestigious one being the Player of the Year.
Ambassador Kaseba-Sata commended Sunzu for making the country proud and encouraged other Zambian youths to value the purpose of sport and importance in teaching necessary life skills.
“Sports are seen as a significant part of the educational curriculum, both formal and informal and hence we need to be proud as Zambians when our own does something remarkable in a foreign country,” Ambassador Kaseba-Sata said.
She further sent a message of well wishes to Sunzu who sustained minor injuries in the last match of the 2018/2019 session against l’AS Nancy-Lorraine.