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Buildcon’s loss to Assembly: Financial power not guarantee for success

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AFTER instilling fear in the just-ended transfer window by assembling the most expensive and skillful players both local and foreign, Buildcon Football Club were expected to start the season firing from all cylinders.
But the 1-0 loss to National Assembly, who have just bounced back to the Super Division, is a reality check for Moses Mubanga’s side.
Buildcon were expected to beat Assembly, tutored by Osward Mupata, by a cricket score given the talent and experience at their disposal in Given Singuluma, Chisamba Lungu, Lawrence Chungu and Brian Mwila.
But football, being what it is, Assembly’s master tactician ‘Mourinho’ Mutapa, who has no big names, masterminded the fall of the big spenders.
Looking at the caliber of players at the club in all angles starting from defenders, midfielders to the strikers it possesses, Buildcon should be aiming for continental football.
On the other hand, winning the first game of the season against a club with such talent should give morale and confidence to Assembly.
Mutapa has demonstrated that Assembly are capable of taking any club in MTN/FAZ Super Division this season.
Spending colossal sums of money on purchase of players without a clear plan may not be Buildcon’s problem alone. It may apply to Zanaco, who have just exited the Champions League and Nkana, who were knocked out of the Confederation Cup.