Zambia: Kalusha Bwalya to participate in a special high -level football tournament at the United Nations in New York

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By Bright Chikele

FOOTBALL icon Kalusha Bwalya

will participate in a special high-

level football tournament for

Permanent Representatives to the

United Nations in New York on

June 16, to promote the role of

sports in achieving sustainable

development and peace.

In a statement issued by

permanent mission of the Republic

of Zambia to the United Nations

first secretary for press and public

relations Chibaula Silwamba,

Kalusha, alongside other renowned

international football players

Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria), Frank

Rijkaard and Aaron Winter (both of

The Netherlands) will be star

players/coaches of Permanent

Representatives accredited to the

United Nations from various

countries across the world, who

will participate in the tournament.

Permanent Missions of Zambia and

The Netherlands to the United

Nations in conjunction with KNVB

and Cruyff Foundation are

organisers of the first-ever

tournament on the terrace of the

UN Delegates Dining Room facing

the East River. Cruyff Foundation

will set up an artificial football


Mr. Silwamba stated that at least

three female Permanent

Representatives, including the US’

Samantha Power, have signed up

to play alongside their male

counterparts in the few-minutes


He stated that the game will draw

the attention of the international

community to the role that

football, and its celebrities, could

play to promote the

implementation of Sustainable

Development Goals and achieving

peace and security in the world.

“Kalusha and his colleagues will

also feature on the UN Secretary

General’s Spokesperson Noon

media briefing where they will

engage the international media

about sports, development and

peace. The stars will also hold a

football clinic for children, and

several other engagements

organized by The Netherlands

Mission to the UN,” Mr. Silwamba


“Kalusha is African Footballer of

the Year 1988, Confederation of

African Football (CAF) Executive

Committee member, FIFA Football

Committee Member, board member

of Champions of the Environment

and Africa10. Kalusha is highly

respected across the world for his

football prowess, and has

participated in Zambian football

for over three decades in various


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