Zambians love their football; like many other countries all over the world the population has a passion for it. It is a passion that unites young and old and the nation as a whole. When Kenneth Kaunda shouted "One nation, one Zambia", he could have applied equally it to the country's unifying love of football as well as politics.
Bare feet and no strips . . . . .
Ron Cowan at Kafunta Safaris in the Luangwa Valley loves his football too and so does his son Luke. A couple of years ago Luke, then just 10 years old, started to sneak onto Kafunta Lodge's regular staff run into Mfuwe to play soccer with the local boys. In next to no time Ron and a member of his staff got together and formed a team for boys under the age of 13 from the local village and named them "The Super Strikers". Soon the idea caught on and local villages started to form their own teams too.
Since the start only the Super Strikers had kit and it isn't surprising that the most of the boys play with bare feet. Then in June 2011 Project Luangwa was asked to help find kit for the other five teams.
. . . . to proudly worn colourful kits
We added an appeal to our monthly newsletter and just three weeks later were able to give each team their own strip. Ballinger's a local UK team donated several sets of outgrown kit and Rob Ingham, a teacher from Dubai brought out another five sets of twenty-five strips along with his holiday luggage.
We arranged for all the teams to meet on Saturday afternoon and Rob gave out the strips amid much cheers and clapping. After a three short friendly matches to show off their new strips the teams got together to sing a impromptu song in which the name "Rob" was an obvious feature.
We still need kits for the 'goalies' as well as team strips for the many school teams in South Luangwa and the majority of kids have no boots so any items you could fit on your luggage or send out to us would be gratefully received.