Zambeef brings football history closer to home

By Published On: April 3rd, 2018Categories: News

Zambeef to launch DVD of Zambian football history

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Zambeef is bringing the country’s rich football heritage within reach of every Zambian with the launch of the DVD of its iconic e18hteam documentary.

Football enthusiast, historians and the general public now have the opportunity to own a piece of national history with the DVD, which chronicles the riveting story of the Chipolopolo from the tragedy of 1993 to the victory at the 2012 AFCON.

“Football holds a special place in our lives and as a proudly Zambian company we jumped at the opportunity of ensuring that none of our football heritage is lost,” said Zambeef joint Chief Executive Officer Dr Carl Irwin.

Zambeef provided the initial funding to support the award-winning e18hteam movie that captures the passion, excitement and national pride of the Zambian football team.

Now the food company has gone a step further to ensure the film is made available to everyone by supporting the project to render it on DVD.

“We have a responsibility to preserve this very important part of our history for future generations. This film also documents the nation’s love of soccer and as Zambeef we are proud to have supported the project,” said Dr Irwin.

Sales of the DVD, a co-production by Zambia’s Ngosa Chungu and her Spanish counterpart Juan Rodriguez-Brisco, will be launched during Zambeef’s Zamfest festival on Saturday April 8, 2017 at the Lusaka Showgrounds.

Zamfest, as the chosen launch event, promises the most exciting chefs from across Africa, 50 world class pop-up restaurants, more than 100 international and local types of cuisine to sample, the best of local and international music acts, and a wide selection of local and exotic beverages. To add to the event will be a “knock-out round” football competition, made up of eight amateur teams.

The winners receiving a cash prize and the opportunity to face-off against five of Zambia’s greatest football stars from the AFCON 2012 victory: Chris Katongo, Buchiza Mfune, Joseph Musonda, Felix Katongo and Joseph Chisanga. Other event day competitions will include a Best Braai competition and an attempt at breaking a world record, yet to be disclosed.

Zambeef has a long association with football. Its Zamleather division makes the popular Kaleza Z-12 model leather soccer boots, the first to be locally designed and manufactured in Zambia. Zamleather is also home to the Alive & Kicking employment-generation project that manufacturers quality leather soccer balls that carry health messages and are distributed to under-privileged teams nationwide.

Throughout its history Zambeef has supported a number of football teams playing in leagues and at community level, and has groomed footballers at the grassroots including AFCON 2012 squad member James Chamanga.

Film producer Ngosa Chungu, supported by Zambeef

People in Mansa watching the e18hteam documentary during the Zambeef roadshow in 2015.

About Zambeef Products Plc

Zambeef Products Plc is the largest integrated agribusiness and food processing company in Zambia and one of the largest in the region.

The group is principally involved in the production, processing, distribution and retailing of beef, chicken, pork, milk, dairy products, eggs, stockfeed and flour. The group also has large row cropping operations (principally maize, soya beans and wheat), planting 16,500 hectares in summer and 8,000 hectares in winter. The group is also expanding its West Africa operations in Nigeria and Ghana.

The company slaughters around 70,000 beef cattle, 6.75million chickens and 70,000 pigs per annum, while also processing 16 million litres of milk, producing 150,000 tons of stockfeed, 60 million eggs, 78,000 pairs of shoes and processes 97,500 hides in its tannery per year.

It has 176 retail outlets throughout Zambia and West Africa.

Zambeef employs over 6,000 people with a total of K307 million paid in remuneration and benefits in the last year, and contributed K144m to Government in taxes and duties.

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