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Chipolopolo Boys honored

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THE Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality has honoured the Chipolopolo by placing the Zambian flag prominently from the other 15 national flags that will participate in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

During the flag raising ceremony for the 16 teams that would be participating in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations at the Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality yesterday, Project Coordinator for the City of Johannesburg Bongi Mukaba, who was also the master of ceremonies during the event, said the Zambian flag had been placed separately from the other national flags, so that the other teams could aspire to reach to the soccer levels the Chipolopolo were at as defending AFCON champions.
Mukaba said it was therefore a challenge to the other teams to work hard during the tournament in order to wrestle the title from Zambia.
Mukaba’s sentiments were echoed by Executive Mayor for the City of Johannesburg Mpho Parks Tau who said that the Zambian flag was representative of the champion country.
“So its position is placed in a position of prominence. That’s the very essence why the flag was placed in a prominent position alongside the main road (Loveday Street),” said Mayor Tau
And Zambia’s deputy High Commissioner to South Africa Joe Kaunda who represented the country during the ceremony said it was an honour and a privilege that the status of Zambia had been acknowledged.
He said it was therefore a challenge for the Chipolopolo to maintain the same lofty heights and continue to proudly raise the Zambian flag on the Continent and beyond.
The 15 national flags including that of South African were hoisted on the 15 poles situated in the same line behind the poles carrying the Zambian flag and the already stationed South African National flag and that of the Municipality in front of the council buildings.
The ceremony was organized by the Municipality in collaboration with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) because Johannesburg will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2013 tournament.
This is contained in a statement released to Zambian Eye on Tuesday by First Secretary at Zambia High Commission in South Africa Patson Chilemba.
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