Teqball Federation of Zambia (TFZ) has started registering football clubs who will participate in the sport ahead of the launch of the 2021 Teqball national league that kicks-off in June this year. Teqball Federation president Dickson Jere said his executive has worked tirelessly to introduce the sport in various communities across the country adding that the body is now ready to start a Teqball national league.
TFZ Communications Manager Cecilia Nayame said in a statement that Jere commended themedia for the support rendered since the inception of Teqball in the country describing their coverage as phenomenal.
“Zambia has been ranked sixth in Africa by the International Teqball Federation (FITEQ) for being among the best performing federations. This came to light during a FITEQ virtual meeting held in November last year,” he said.
Jere said a number of football clubs in various parts of the country have registered their Teqball teams ahead of the kick-off of the national league. And Jere said one of the registered teams is the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC)-Zambia that launched its club last year in November.
He said the other clubs that have formed Teqball teams and registered with the federation are Prisons Leopards, Nkwazi, Mansa, Response Network, Sable and Alfred Foloko Foundation.
“Others include Olympia Africa, Sport In Action, Barcelona Academy and New Monze Swallows,” he said.
Jere further disclosed that TFZ is targeting football clubs, both in lower and elite divisions to incorporate Teqball into their programmes and register the teams ahead of the national
Teqball league that kicks-off in June.
Teqball was introduced in Zambia on January 15 last year with Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Emmanuel Mulenga and former President Rupiah Banda gracing the event at Barca Academy in Lusaka.
Jere said he is happy with the successes the Teqball federation has scored so far since
the introduction of the sport in Zambia a year ago.
“The activities carried out by the executive are yielding fruits. The introduction of Teqball in the country has come as a relief especially to football players who after their retirement from active football may re-consider rejoining the sport which has similar skills as football even though it is played on different rules,” he said.
He commended the executive for the commitment and their input that has contributed to igniting Teqball as a preferred sport.
He stated that without collective effort from various stakeholders, it was not going to be easy for the federation to achieve its intended goals in the last 12 months especially that Teqball is a new sport.
“As Teqball Zambia, we have managed to score a lot of successes, both at national and international level. To this, I give credit to the entire executive for working so tireless in ensuring that the sport is curved in our country league table,” Jere said.
According to Jere, the teqball federation executive is working round the clock to ensure that the sport spreads to other parts of the country and not just in Lusaka.
Jere said the federations aim is to ensure that it gets more recognition both at national and international level. “So far we have clubs in Central, Copperbelt, Lusaka and Southern Provinces. We have also managed through FITEQ to acquire tables for free distribution to various clubs that have so far registered with the federation (Teqball Federation of Zambia),” he said.