[By Bright Tembo]
THE National Sports Council of Zambia says it is not paying a blind eye to cricket which has no leadership executive for the past two years now due to squabbles.
Speaking during the medal presentation of the 6th Alpha Cricket Academy festival tournament held in Lusaka, NSCZ acting general secretary Raphael Mulenga said it is important to have such cricket tournaments that are involving kids because they are the future of the sport.
“I am happy to see that the tournament involved the young ones because these are the future of the nation in the sports of cricket in our country,” he said. “This is very important and I know that there is no national leadership for cricket in the country, but we are doing everything possible to have things cleared so that we can have leadership once more… Because these young ones don’t understand the politics of sports, what they want is to play at the world cup level. That’s what they want and [I am] happy to see parents pushing them to archive their dreams.”
Mulenga said sports development is important from the physical education perspective view.
“This is the future you are building for sports development in the country and it allows young sportsmen to grow fit once they start the sport at this age as they are not only learning sports but they are also learning social interaction, “he said.
Alpha Cricket Academy coordinator Ishmael Mbatata urged the National Sports Council of Zambia to allow people who have the interest to serve and grow cricket in the country.
“Despite all the politics in the sport, as Alpha Cricket Academy we don’t want to see the sport die. Our motto is to build the nursery for the sport and where they would want to play, it’s up to them. And Alpha has people supporting the sport with former cricketers here and I think it’s time the sport is given to people who know the value of it,” said Mbatata.
Alpha Cricket Academy U14 are the champions in the 7aside and 11aside while Rish Parekh of Alpha Cricket Academy was voted most valuable player with his captain Ntanda Maimbo becoming the best all-rounder among the winners.