Zambia’s medal-winning athletes jetted home from Durban yesterday (June 28) with a gold medal and four bronze medals in their bags.
The Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) team was greeted on their return at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport by Proflight Zambia, which sponsored their trip to the Confederation of African Athletics tournament in South Africa
A gold medal was won in the 400m women championship by Olympic qualifier Kabange Mupopo, one of the two women who were representing Zambia at the competition. And bronze medals where brought home in the 100m sprint by Sydney Siame, Brian Kasinda, Titus Kafunda and Hazemba Chindamba.
Proflight Zambia provided 20 complimentary return tickets for the Zambia athletes and officials to attend the championship games in Durban, to where it flies direct from Lusaka three times a week.
“Proflight offers the fastest and most direct route to Durban from Lusaka, so it is only fitting that we sponsor our country’s fastest athletes,” said Proflight Director of Government and Industry Affairs Capt. Philip Lemba. “The whole Proflight team congratulate our athletes for pulling out all the stops and showing that with hard work, training and determination it is possible to bring home medals.”
Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) president Elias Mpondela said “We went to Durban, South Africa for the CAA, recorded good results and got medals. We hope the partnership continues with Proflight Zambia, so that together we can see athletics grow and achieve better things in the sport.”
“Looking at the attempts and time scored by the athletes at the CAA, things look promising and we are confident to do better next time in terms of qualifying for the next Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. We are glad and owe it to Proflight Zambia to have made this possible for as to travel to Durban through giving us 20 tickets and to our athletes it’s a Job well done,” he added.
Meanwhile National Sports Council Board Member Matilda Mwamba said: “When we heard during the inter-Company Relay that some medals where won, as government we are happy and very grateful to Proflight Zambia for helping the athletes travel to Durban through the sponsorship offered to ZAAA.”
About Proflight Zambia
Proflight Zambia was established in 1991 and is Zambia’s leading scheduled airline. From its base in Lusaka its domestic routes include, Livingstone, Mfuwe, Lower Zambezi, Ndola, Solwezi and Kasama, with Mbala launching in May 2016, and regional routes to Lilongwe in Malawi, and Durban in South Africa.
The airline prides itself in providing a safe, reliable, efficient and friendly service, and offering good value to business and leisure travellers locally and internationally.
The airline operates a 50-seater Bombardier CRJ-100 jet, three 29-seater Jetstream 41 aircraft; and two18-seater Jetstream 32.
More information is available at www.flyzambia.com.