Empowering Zambians in the New England Area
ZANE Football Club (ZANE FC) recently represented Zambia at the just ended African Health Cup Tournament, held on Saturday, June 7th2012at the Cawley Stadium,inLowell, Massachusetts. This tournament was sponsored by Multicultural AIDS Coalition- Africans For Improved Access Program (MAC-AFIA), and involved eleven African nations battling it out for the $500 top prize; Cameroon, Cape Verde, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia!
The main purpose of the African Health Cup Tournament is to promote and create HIV Awareness among the African Diaspora in Massachusetts. All teams were required to participate in a 15 minutes HIV prevention education discussion-session prior to their first game.
Zambiadrew their first round game against Kenya with a 1-1 score. Their next game against Liberia was a must win in order to qualify to the semifinals. Unfortunately, Zambia lost 2-1 with a penalty being awarded in the first half and the Zambian goalkeeper being sent off early on in the second half. The only Zambian goal was a penalty kick scored by Haggai Bulaya, late in the match.
Cape Verde won the tournament when they beat Cameroon. Ghana lifted the sportsmanship trophy and Most Valuable Player (MVP) was from Cape Verde.
ZANE thanks our soccer players who gave it their all and played remarkably well. ZANE would especially like to thank our Zambian players who traveled all the way from Connecticut and our Tanzanian brothers who helped beef up the squad.
ZANE FC is a branch under the ZANE’s Sports Department and all are welcome to join~
ZANE Sports Director – Mr. Paul Bulaya
ZANE FC Team Manager – Mr. John Nzoyvu
ZANE FC Coach – Mr. Mubanga Sinyangwe
ZANE FC Assistant Coach – Mr. Muli Chomba
ZANE FC Team Captain – Mr. Mambo Phiri
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