Zambia' s former leader Kaunda appointed 2019 Africa Cup of Nations bid ambassador   2014-02-14 19:22:44            

LUSAKA, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Zambian government has appointed the country' s first President Kenneth Kaunda as its ambassador for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations bid, the Zambia Daily Mail reported on Friday.

Last year, Zambia submitted a bid to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Chishimba Kambwili, Minister of Sports and Youth said Kaunda, who turns 90 in April this year, will travel across the African continent to lobby for support and express confidence that Zambia will be granted the right to host Africa Cup of Nations.

"As sports minister, I am confident Zambia will be granted the right to host the championship because I have never failed in any crusade I have involved myself in," he was quoted as saying by the paper.

The government, he said, has shown committed to build more stadium.

So far the country has a 40,000 seater ultra-modern stadium in Ndola city on the Copperbelt Province and another 50,000 seater stadium in Lusaka, the country' s capital. Plans are underway to construct two more stadiums in Mongu town in the western part of the country and Livingstone city in southern Zambia.

Other countries bidding to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations are Algeria, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and Cote d'Ivoire. Confederation of African Cup officials are expected in the country next month to inspect facilities.

Zambia' s last attempt to host the event was in 2004 when the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winners was disqualified due to lack of infrastructure.

Editor: chengyang
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