FOR the second year in a row, the Ngonis proved their superiority over their traditional cousins – Bembas in the KPMG-sponsored annual golf tournament at Lusaka’s Chainama Hills Golf Club on Sunday.
The Ngonis, who had been playing second fiddle to their traditional cousins since the tournament started over two decades ago, posted an impressive 510 stableford points against the loud-mouthed Bembas who polled 501.
Peacekeepers, a team of golfers outside the two rival factions invited to diffuse tension between the two warring tribes, brought 490 points.
On a night when Ngoni warriors proudly stomped the grounds of Chainama Hills Golf Club, KPMG senior partner Jason Kazilimani junior assured his firm’s continued sponsorship of the event, which the host club uses to raise funds for the junior development programme.
“Just as we support other tournaments, KPMG will continue being a friend of golf,” Kazilimani said.
Kazilimani, who was in a jovial mood by virtue of being Ngoni, challenged Deputy Minister of Finance Christopher Mvunga who had made a surprise experience, to emulate his boss, Minister of Finance Alexander Chikwanda who is an avid golfer and supporter of the sport.
“Mweo Angoni muli kuni, mu Bemba [Alexander Chikwanda], sponsors golf,” Kazilimani told Mvunga.
ZCCM – Investment Holdings chief executive officer Pius Kasolo was proud to be associated with the sponsorship of a sports cultural activity.
Kasolo jokingly said the Bembas had lost because Paramount Chief Mpezeni had requested him to allow his tribesmen concede defeat for the safety of Chanda Kasolo, who is Eastern Province permanent secretary.
Kasolo said for the safety of his brother, he connived with the Bemba team to concede and his words were echoed by the acting captain of the team Chris Mulenga who said they lost for the sake of the tournament continuing.
But stand-in captain of the Ngoni team David Mwanza said the Ngonis winning streak would continue.
Bruce Chinungi, chairperson of the organising committee, paid glowing tribute to the sponsors for having stuck with the tournament.
Stephen Phiri led the Ngoni in assaulting the Bembas with a run-away 40 stableford points, with John Jere, Sam Mapala, Richard Phiri and lady captain Lorna Mwenda contributing to the damage.
Mbita Chitala, Nelz Malaya and Chola Oka were among the architects in the Bemba team, with James Chona being among the outstanding performers in the Peacekeepers.