It was with great sadness that I learned of our former President Kenneth Kaunda’s passing. He was a father to all of us on the African Continent.
In this sorrowful time and on behalf of CAF, I would like to extend to you and the people of Zambia our heartfelt condolences.
President Kaunda was a true African statesman, a man of principle who played a role in the liberation and advancement of not only Zambia, but several other African nations. For those of us who are South African we will always be indebted to him and the people of Zambia for their contributions and sacrifices towards our democracy.
In the world of football, the support that President Kaunda gave to the “KK 11” led to the growing popularity of football as Zambia’s national sport. It is a fitting tribute to President Kaunda’s legacy that the “Shepolopolo” will represent Zambia at this year’s Women's Olympic Football Tournament in Tokyo. A great statesman has left this world, but he will forever live in our hearts and minds.
May the friendship and thoughts of the entire African football family offer some comfort to the nation of Zambia through this difficult time.