By Mphatso Tembo
FOOTBALL administrator Simataa Simataa says Zambia has lost a hero in Kalusha Bwalya who has entangled himself in football politics.
Commenting on Kalusha’s decision to give Chipolopolo skipper Rainford Kalaba the least votes during last week’s CAF footballer of year awards for African-based players, Simataa said he had for a long time feared for the former FAZ president’s fate in football administration, hence his advice to the 1988 African footballer of the year not to entangle himself in football politics.
He said the decisions Kalusha was making were taking away his achievements.
“…He was this country’s legend once upon a time but today, half the people don’t want to see him because of his political decisions he made. Today in the game of football, there are very few people who would look at him eye to eye over the decision he made over Kalaba,” Simataa said.
“That was my fear in 2003 before he joined football administration. I advised him when he consulted me that the country was going to lose a legend. Now, look at what we are discussing? Are we going to say ‘look at Kalusha but don’t look at his administration’?”
He added that Kalusha was not aware that the voting patterns would be made public.
“I don’t think he was aware that these votes would be publicised. In one of the newspapers, he tipped Kalaba to win but his actions did not support his words and he goes to vote for Kalaba as number three,” wondered Simataa.
Kalusha has not been available for comment as he has not responded to text messages sent to him