CITY OF LUSAKA ENTER INTO SPONSORSHIP PARTNERSHIP WITH BOLABET

Woodlands Stadium, Lusaka; CITY of Lusaka Football Club and BOLABET have entered into a multi-year Sponsorship Partnership.

The terms of the Partnership are for Bolabet to become the Principal Sponsor for City of Lusaka Football Club on a three year deal.

Bolabet Director, Bratislav Salipur, said; “Bolabet is excited to announce this partnership with City of Lusaka. Bolabet are a key part of the sports ecosystem in Zambia, and we are proud to be associated with City Yamoto.”

The deal will cover a number of aspects including kit sponsorship, stadium branding and various promotions. The total value of the partnership will remain confidential, however it ranks as one of the largest sponsorship partnerships in Zambian football.

City of Lusaka thanks Bolabet and welcomes them again to the Yamoto family.

Club General Manager, Justin Palmer, said; “I encourage all fans to recognise the investment that Bolabet are putting into Zambian football. As fans we should support those who are contributing to the development of the beautiful game.”

City of Lusaka appoints Veselin Jelušić as Head Coach

9 OCTOBER 2020

Woodlands Stadium, Lusaka; CITY of Lusaka Football Club has appointed former Angola and Botswana national team coach, Veselin Jelušić as the Club’s new Head Coach.

Mr Jelušić, who has also managed South African Premiership side Bloemfontein Celtic, is scheduled to arrive in the country today (October 9, 2020) to start his relationship with Yamoto, as the Club is famously known among its faithful supporters.

City of Lusaka, who won the 1964 Super Division title, will campaign in the Eden University National League next season after winning promotion on 2nd October 2020. 

The Serbian born coach will be the third European trainer to drill City of Lusaka Football Club after former Aston Villa and England national team striker John “Jackie” Sewell coached Yamoto in 1964, and Italian National, Roberto Landi. Mr Jelušić will be assisted by George Kapembwa, who guided Yamoto to the Eden University National League.

Mr Jelušić will be unveiled to the media on Monday during a press briefing at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka at 10: 00 hours. 

City and Prosport International

Woodlands Stadium, Lusaka; City of Lusaka Football Club has entered into a strategic partnership with Prosport International. A global sports management agency founded in 2001 and with its head office in Durban, South Africa. 

Prosport has negotiated contracts in Europe for over 100 African footballers. This includes the top five major leagues of Europe, England (Premier League), Spain (La Liga), Italy (Serie A), Germany (Bundesliga) and France (Ligue 1).

Most recently, Prosport facilitated the transfers of Zambian players, Emmanuel Banda and Edward Chilufya to Swedish Champions, Djurgårdens IF. Additionally they completed the transfer of Gamphani Lungu from Power Dynamos to Supersport United in 2018. Prosport also negotiated the recent transfer of Kosta Tsimikas from Olympiacos to English Premier League Champions, Liverpool Football Club.  

City of Lusaka and Prosport will work together to scout and develop the best players in Zambia. Prosport will work with City of Lusaka to give City players the best opportunities to play at the highest level, in both Africa and Europe. 

City of Lusaka welcomes Prosport to the Yamoto family, and looks forward to a long and fruitful partnership.

Learn more about Prosport at www.prosportinternational.com

Yamoto Pushing Files!

The boys are motivated and are one win away from qualifying to the Eden University National Division One League.
Yamoto, as the club is famously known among its faithful, have done well so far at the on-going FAZ National Division One playoffs at Miller Ground and Lilayi Police College respectively in Lusaka.
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The George Kapembwa coached side has collected six points from two games that Yamoto, has played.
The team has scored four goals and veteran goalkeeper Joe Phiri is yet to pick a ball behind his net. What an incredible run.
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“We have done nothing yet. Yes, we have won our two opening games which is very important but the ultimate goal is to make the owners and sponsors of the club happy by qualifying to the National Division One League next year,” Kapembwa, told the club media team yesterday.
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Striker Charles Katongo and midfielder Francis Banda scored against Malalo Police on Tuesday while Stephan Phiri and Harry Milanzi Jr put the ball behind the net against Blessings Academy. Yamoto overcame hapless Northern Province representatives Malalo Police in the opening fixture 2-0 before demolishing Central Province outfit Blessings Academy by the same score line. Despite missing the services of skipper and defender Anthony Moyo, who was red carded in the game against Malalo, his replacement Joshua Botha combined well with Tudor Chisanga at the back.
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We are playing Petauke United tomorrow (today). The players know what we want. We are not going to underrate them. They have good players and are taller than our players but we have a strategy on how to collect all the three points. We respect them but we are not afraid of them,” Kapembwa said.
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Games between City of Lusaka and Petauka are unpredictable. Two seasons ago Yamoto hosted the Eastern Province side at Woodlands Stadium in a league fixture and the two teams drew one all, with the coaches insulting each other and in the return leg the two teams played to another entertaining 1-1 draw, but some City players and officials were attacked by the home fans.
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City will take on Southern Province side Livingstone Pirates in the last game of Group A tomorrow (Friday).
Yamoto are on Top of Group A with six points. Pirates have the same number of points as Yamoto but are in second position on goal difference. Petauke United and Malole have three points each while Blessings are at the basement of the table with zero points.
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City of Lusaka were demoted from the Super Division on October 17, 2017.

City pass Malalo Police interrogation!

City of Lusaka won their first encounter of the NFD Playoff tournament this afternoon, beating Malalo Police 2-0.
The goals came courtesy of Francis Banda and Charles Katongo, scoring either side of the half-time whistle.
Unfortunately an altercation in the final minutes saw club captain, Anthony Moyo, shown a red card for retaliation after the City goalkeeper was fouled. A Malalo player was also saw red for the initial challenge.
City of Lusaka face Blessings Academy tomorrow at 15.00.

City to Face Livingstone Pirates in Group A!

After qualifying for the National First Division playoffs on Saturday the 24th of September, City of Lusaka have been drawn in Group A!

The draw was conducted at Football House on the morning of Sunday 25th September, managing the event was the FAZ Registrar and the Interim CEO of the Zambian Premier League. Also in attendance was the Vice President of FAZ, who commented on the spirit of fair-play and transparency in his opening remarks.

City of Lusaka was represented by new GM, Justin Palmer. The draw has separated the top teams from each province of Zambia, into two groups of five teams each. Within the group the teams will play a round-robin format, with the top two teams from each group qualifying to the National First Division for the 2020/2021 season.

City of Lusaka were drawn in Group A, alongside Livingstone Pirates, Blessings FC, Malalo Police and Petauke United.

City will face Malalo Police in their first match on Tuesday 29 September, at the Police College ground in Lilayi.

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City Pass Vector Test!

City of Lusaka drew 1-1 with Vector on Saturday 26th September 2020. The match was a catch up game scheduled by the Football Association of Zambia, to ensure that all teams finished on an even 20 matches played.

City started the match brightly, creating a number of good chances despite the poor quality of the playing surface. Going into half time the match was even at 0-0. The second half began with Vector taking the ascendancy. City were on the back foot, and Vector took advantage of their dominance with a well worked goal in the 75th minute.

However Ya Moto showed their dedication to the task and coach George Kapembwa brought on two attacking players to wrestle back control of the match. The changes made an immediate impact with Charles Katongo going close to scoring on the 80th minute mark.

However the saviour of the day would be Harry Milanzi, the enterprising winger was causing Vector massive headaches down the right hand side. Following a well placed ball over the top on the counter attack, a Vector player went sliding in with both feet and a penalty was awarded to City. Milanzi converted from the spot with a powerful penalty into the top left hand corner in the 88th minute.

The match ended 1-1 leaving City of Lusaka in second place at the end of the league season. City qualify now for the promotional playoffs to the National Division One!

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City Appoints New General Manager

Official Communication:

City of Lusaka appoints Justin Palmer as General Manager

19 AUGUST 2020

Woodlands Stadium, Lusaka; City of Lusaka Football Club has appointed Justin Palmer as the Club’s General Manager. Mr Palmer joins the club having previously been the General Manager of Kabwe Warriors in the Zambian Super League. 

Mr Palmer holds a degree in Commercial Law, and a Diploma in Sports Management. His previous experience includes time working with the AC Milan and Juventus youth programs in the Oceania region as a Football Director. 

Mr Palmer’s mandate from the board of City of Lusaka is to achieve footballing success while remaining financially sustainable. The Club has emphasised a focus on professionalism and youth development. 

Comments from Mr Palmer: “City of Lusaka is an integral part of the history of Zambian Football. I am honoured to be leading the Club in this new chapter for City of Lusaka.” 

“We have everything that it takes to complete at the top table of Zambian football, as a Club we must adjust our mentality. With Woodlands Stadium and the financial model in place we must think of trophies and titles as objectives, not dreams. However it begins with detailed planning and professional structures. I encourage the fans to join us on this journey, my door is always open.”

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