ZAMBIAN teachers participating in the sixth Association for Non-Aligned Teachers' Union in Southern Africa sports and cultural festival in Botswana will work hard to defend their trophies won at the last event, says Hilary Chipango.
Over 300 Zambian teachers belonging to the Basic Education Teachers Union of Zambia are in Botswana to participate in the sports festival.
In an interview yesterday, BETUZ media and international relations manager Hilary Chipango said Zambian teams last year emerged as overall winners in football and volleyball in both the female and male categories and would work to defend their titles.
Chipango expressed confidence that the Zambian teams were ready for battle in the six-nation tournament and would win trophies.
He said the Zambian contingent was expected to take part in various disciplines including football, volleyball, chess and netball among others.
He said this year's games had drawn participants from Lesotho, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Chipango explained that participating countries would also take part in discussion forums and cultural exhibitions.
"Apart from the sports activities, the participating countries will showcase their cultural diversity and engage in discussion forums at Botswana University tomorrow," Chipango said.
The ANTUSA events will be officially opened by Botswana's education, youth and sports minister at the University of Botswana at 09:00 hours tomorrow.