Lusaka, November 9, 2019, ZANIS ---- The Zambia Chamber of Mines (ZCM) will host the first ever Inter-Mine 15s Rugby Tournament at the Mufulira Leopards Rugby Club on Saturday November 16, 2019.

The rugby tournament will attract all mine-sponsored rugby teams and is a brainchild of incumbent ZCM President, Goodwell Mateyo, meant to encourage mining companies to support sports development.

Mateyo explained that the old Copperbelt Province had a rich history and culture of sponsoring sport, especially Rugby – a tradition that he said should be preserved.

“This tournament is meant to remind mine owners both on the old Copperbelt Province and the new ‘Copperbelt’ in North Western Province of this heritage so that they can continue to give back to the community through sport,” he said.

Mateyo stressed that sport plays an important role in bringing communities together, promotes social and cultural cohesion and reduces crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Regular involvement in sport can benefit individuals and communities and in the long run contribute to a range of positive outcomes, which include young people taking up sports as a serious career option.

“Sport can ease the pressure on the government and all stakeholders such as mining companies to create jobs if more young people take it up as a career,” he explained.

Describing 2019 as a challenging year for the mining industry, Mateyo observed that the tournament would give the industry and mining communities something to celebrate.

The teams to take part in the tournament include: Roan, Chibuluma, Nchanga, Konkola, Kansanshi, Mufulira Leopards, Diggers rugby clubs and Mufulira Central Training Centre.

In the ladies sector of the tournament, Mufulira Leopardesses will slag it out against the combined Nchanga and Konkola women’s teams.

This is contained in a statement released by Talent Ng’andwe, Deputy Chief Executive Officer for ZCM.