FORMER Chipolopolo striker and Captain, Christopher Katongo has bemoaned the level of ungratefulness among Zambians on sports men and women that bring glory to the nation.
Katongo said footballers especially those that won the 2012 Afcon tournament are no longer appreciated and are now subjected to insults among fans, regardless of the effort they have made to improve the sport.
He said he decided to retire early from football at the age of 30 because he could not handle the pressure and insults from Zambians.
He has since called for mind-set change among Zambians and not only wait upon government to bring about that change.
He notes that it is saddening that footballers are given much more respect when they are in foreign countries than when they are in Zambia.
Katongo in an interview on Millennium Radio’s ‘Sunday Personality Chat’ said in as much as negative criticism was needed, it should not be at the expense of denouncing those that have worked hard to lift the Zambian flag higher.
Katongo retired from active football in 2016 to take up a coaching career with Green Buffaloes Football Club after playing for the national team from 2003.