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Zambia and China

Kennedy Gondwe/Twenty Ten

Headline: China: Zambia’s football bed-fellow?
Date: 2009/10/02
Location: Northmead, Lusaka, Zambia.
Article synopsis: Investigating the impact increased Chinese investment in Zambia may have on reversing the country’s football fortunes in the wake of the global credit crunch.
First paragraph: The rise and fall of football in Zambia has centred on the vast mining sector for one reason: mining controls local sport.
Key words: China, Zambia, Copperbelt province, Luanshya, Munaile, Copper, Kalusha Bwalya, 2010 World Cup, ZCCM, Nkana, Mufulira.
Language: English
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Text: The rise and fall of football in Zambia has centred on the vast mining sector for one reason: mining controls local sport. Yet the question begging an answer is: Will increasing Chinese investments in the mining sector of Africa’s biggest copper producer build on this sporting inheritance? 
“The total Chinese investment in mines in Zambia from January 1993 to December 2008 is $2.1 billion,” says Margaret Chimanse, spokesperson for the Zambia Development Agency, a unit overseeing Zambia’s investment.
Historically, the contribution of the mining sector to Zambian sport spans four decades. Mining is the country’s main economic activity and major foreign exchange earner. The contribution has evolved from only the provision and development of sports infrastructure to actual production of sports personalities. 
“The Copperbelt was the backbone of Zambia’s football because the mines poured money into sport. Besides, there were so many industries whose survival depended on the mines and those industries in return sponsored sport,” reflects Simataa Simataa, a former Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president. Simataa is correct. The Copperbelt province has produced some...

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