Football Sport

Fringilla sausage makers to play Division One football

BENEDICT TEMBO, Chisamba
FRINGILLA Football Club are now counting the cost of competing in the restructured Division One league getting underway next month.
Chisamba-based Fringilla, who finished behind Kabwe Youth Academy in the Football Association of Zambia Division Two (Central Province), will now play in Central, Northern and Muchinga provinces.
“League restructuring has made us go to Division One, they (FAZ) were picking four teams,” Fringilla director Alex Woodley said.
Despite their unexpected promotion from the ranks in which only the table toppers were elevated, Woodley said Fringilla Farm, the sponsor of the team are equal to the task.
The club have started upgrading the ground in Chisamba township.
“We have made the goal posts bigger, put up a [perimeter] fence as per standard and building dressing rooms,” Woodley said.
Coach Evaristo Daka has recruited six new players to bolster the squad for their maiden appearance in the second tier of Zambian football.
About 15 players of the club work in the butchery and lodge at Fringilla.
“During the week, the guys make the best sausages in Zambia,” Woodley said.
Woodley, who is the farm manager at Fringilla, predicts a rough ride for his team as they make their debut in Division One spread over three regions.
“It is going to be a tough season – with the travelling football has been nice,” Woodley said.
Fringilla who amassed 55 points last season, won 16, drew seven times, lost a facsimile seven times and allowed 20 goals.
Reflecting on last season’s outings, Daka said their trip to Itezhi Tezhi against Zesco was their worst ever.

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