Soccer Review with STEPHEN PHIRI
THE drama unfolding at City of Lusaka, where the president suspended the general secretary and vice versa, can pass for a movie, Hale and Pace.
Club president Justin Zulu announced the suspension of general secretary Charles Tembo for alleged misconduct last week.
Tembo in turn announced the suspension of Zulu for alleged abuse of authority.
In any organisation, a junior has no powers to suspend his or her superior but at City it happened.
The team is in the relegation tail and the executive should be concerned with the state of affairs.
If the executive is not united, it could affect the players’ performance on the pitch.
City, the 1964 league champions, are lying second from bottom with 12 points from 22 games.
They have managed two wins, six draws and 14 losses this season. Today, City host Nakambala Leopards in a Super Division Week 23 match.
With such statistics, the executive committee should focus on ensuring that City return to winning ways and not in-fighting.
Suspensions and counter-suspensions are retrogressive and show a lack of a leadership code at the club.
The team bounced back to the topflight at the end of last season after spending six years in the first division.
The Yamoto family expect the executive to be united and steer the Chilenje outfit in the right direction.
There is goodwill from Forli director Diego Casilli, and the executive should reciprocate by embracing unity and hard work.
Casilli has improved the Vodafone Woodlands Stadium and the facility is one of the best in the country.
The players are paid their salaries and allowances on time. The team spends nights in hotels and nice lodges when they are out of town on duty.
The days of players spending nights in dressing rooms at Woodlands Stadium are long gone.
The executive should put its house in order so that City remain in the big league.
City unites Chilenje, Woodlands and other surrounding townships and it is only wise that the executive rises to the occasion.
City are a household name in Zambian football and the rich history will be incomplete without reference to Yamoto.
Zambia face South Africa on Saturday in a 2018 Kenya African Nations Championship (CHAN) second round return leg in Ndola.
A goalless draw will be enough for the Chipolopolo to make the third appearance at the CHAN finals.
The players should treat the match seriously and ensure victory is attained.
A win should be on the minds of the players.
There is no need to underrate the under-strength South African side that almost embarrassed Zambia in East London but thanks to the 2-2 draw.
Good luck to the national team.