President Edgar Lungu says the ultimate victory of the Zambia Under-17 national team over Mauritius in the just ended COSAFA championship is a clear indication that the country has a bright future in football.

In a congratulatory message issued today by the President’s Special Assistant for Press and Public relations Amos Chanda, the Head of State noted that the country had an oasis of talent to enable it form a powerful future senior national team.

“The marvelous performance by the boys shows that we have an oasis of talent to tap into for us to form the future senior national team. The Under-17 has made us proud and it is my prayer that they will be consistent in their performance to bring greater glory to the nation,” the President said.

President Lungu hailed the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) and the junior Chipolopolo Coach Mumamba Numba for their tireless efforts to advance the standards of football in the country.

“On behalf of the Zambian government, the people of Zambia and indeed on my own behalf, I extend my congratulations to the boys, Coach, technical team and FAZ. Continue to work hard to transform the standards of football in Zambia. May the Almighty God bless you in future assignments, said President Lungu.

The Zambia Under-17 national team emerged the COSAFA champions after beating host Mauritius 3-0 in yesterday’s game played at St Francois Xavier Stadium in Port Louis, Mauritius.