THE Under-17 women national soccer team should continue working hard if they are to do well in international engagements, says acting President Inonge Wina.
Wina said women and girls’ participation in sports was still influenced by culture, tradition and religion which hindered them from fully involvement despite representing a bigger population of the world.
She was speaking to the U-17 women national team shortly after opening the International Olympic Committee leadership forum for women in sport in Africa held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka yesterday,
Wina said government was proud of the U-17 women national team because it was the first team from Zambia to have represented the country at an international level.
She pledged government’s support to ensure that they realize their dreams.
Wina told the players to remain focussed not only in football but also in their education because it was the equaliser of success in everything they aspired to do in life adding that government would assist them to achieve their goals.
“We will expect you to do much better not only in sport but in your educational careers. Don’t forget that you need education in order to rise to a higher level in everything that you are going to do in your lives,” Ms. Wina said.
And addressing the delegates at the on-going leadership forum for women in sport in Africa at the OYDC, Wina said there was need change the inequality between men and women in sport in Africa and urged women to aspire to higher positions in sports administration.