By Bowman Lusambo
Just like in politics where we have some opposition political parties who spend hours castigating His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu thinking they can offer better leadership, we also have similar characters in football administration.
Just like some opposition leaders who are experts in privatization and looting state assets and some are experts in scrap metal dealing and stripping of rail lines, we have some individuals who promised to turn around the football fortunes of this nation but they are now delivering the opposite.
Likewise in politics, some opposition leaders have never won an election but they keep hanging on to leadership positions. Some call themselves Consultants but they are afraid of defending their parliamentary seat and in turn opt to hold on to their seat through the courts of law. They continue insulting President Lungu day and night, the leader of the same party they still want to cling on to obviously because of President Lungu’s good leadership.
And others are still calling themselves political leaders by claiming that they are popular in Lamba land when no one in Lambaland even remembers them.
A similar scenario is pertaining in our beloved football fraternity. We have a group of men and women who orchestrated a change of leadership at Football House based on deceit and false propaganda.
The recent results on the pitch point to a failed administration. Infact, 2018 will go down in recent history as the worst in Zambian football. The only gift that Zambian football fans would love to receive in 2019 is a return to better results and that can only happen when we have people with the right connections and footballl knowledge running Zambian football.
Zambian football is never complete when you don’t talk about Kalusha Bwalya, Alex Chola, Godfrey Ucar Chitalu, Ashios Melu, Benjamin Bwalya and many great sons of this soil.
Sadly, many of these great players have departed but Great Kalu is still very much alive and I believe he is more than ready to help resurrect Zambian football just like he has done on many occasions.
Kalu has demonstrated unmatched passion for football development over the years as was witnessed in the aftermath of the Gabon disaster. When everyone thought Zambian football was dead and buried, Kalusha declared that “we can do it.” True to his word, three months down the line Zambia assembled a strong team that would go on to emerge #2 in Africa at Tunisia 94. He led from the front as he has always done.
It is worth noting that the players and the football administrators of the past understood the role that football plays in unifying the nation, it is therefore important that we fix this football puzzle quickly so that the nation can remain united.
I know some people will say that Government should not have a say in the running of football in the country, what is true however is that the Government of His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu is investing a lot of money in football development, just take a look at the teams in the Super League and Division One, a good number of the best performing teams are all directly and indirectly sponsored by the Government.
From ZESCO Utd, NAPSA, all service sponsored teams like Green Buffaloes, Green Eagles, Red Arrows, Nkwazi and several others to teams like the National Assembly Football Club is a confirmation that infact GRZ is the number one investor in football development in Zambia and if it were in business, GRZ would have had an equity stake in Football administration.
As a football fan, I hope for a better 2019.