[By Bright Tembo]
TELECOMMUNICATIONS company MTN Zambia has adopted Lusaka’s Woodlands Stadium on a three-year contract worth over K1.5 million.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday, acting chief marketing officer Seun Soladoye said the stadium would now be called MTN Woodlands Stadium.
“As MTN Zambia, we pledge our continued support to the development of football in the country by providing financial and material support. We are eager in playing a part in Zambia’s number one sport as it continues to grow to greater heights both on the local and international scene,” Soladoye said.
And during the signing ceremony, Forli Limited chief executive officer Diego Casilli said it was a great honour for the company and City of Lusaka FC.
“In these tough economic times your (MTN) contribution to Zambian football is exemplary and I cannot see any other company within Zambia that has contributed more. We have no doubt that MTN Stadium will become the home of major events in our city, not only soccer, but concerts and other major social events,” said Casilli.
And FAZ president Andrew Kamanga said the gesture underscores the importance of sport infrastructure in the country.
“We are very excited with this, where we are seeing this stadium being renamed MTN Woodlands Stadium and it goes to underscore the importance of infrastructure when it comes to football development,” said Kamanga.
“On our part as FAZ we have also embarked on rehabilitation of four stadiums across the country with the help of the Ministry of Sports where we have signed an MoU using the FIFA development fund to upgrade facilities in four provincial centres namely, Eastern Province in Chipata, Northern Province in Kasama, Solwezi in North Western Province and Mansa in Luapula Province. This is obviously one way where we want to see the game go.”