24 July 2014

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Kalusha calls for patriotism

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By DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO
FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya says players should take pride in representing their countries.
Kalusha told fazfootball.com that players’ job is to bring honour to themselves and represent the country with dignity.

He said Zambian football is where it is because players are disciplined.
“Without their discipline, we would not be where we are today. History of Zambian football has always been play first and complain later. That’s the way it should be,” he said.
Kalusha said this in the wake of African countries that have had issues with players’ bonuses and disciplinary issues at the ongoing World Cup finals in Brazil.
Among the African teams that had bonus and disciplinary issues are Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria.
Kalusha, the 1988 African-footballer-of-the-year, said Zambia has had no major problems regarding winning bonuses for important matches.
“I must say we have had no issues with the senior national team. It’s very transparent. At the AfCON tournament, for example, I will always make sure the Minister of Sport Hon Kambwili announces the amounts involved. It has worked so well for us and hope it continues like that. I am grateful for all who have been involved for their understanding and commitment,” he said.
Kalusha said it is only when one looks at the problems African teams have experienced at the World Cup will they appreciate FAZ’s efforts in bringing sanity to the game.
“You will appreciate the time Football Association of Zambia spends in getting it right and each and every player giving the best of themselves for a single cause. Representing your country is the highest accolade a player can have. It comes with huge responsibilities. It’s not easy. Since 2008, I am pleased to say Zambia has had no major problems regarding a win bonus for the important matches we have played , be it a qualifier [World Cup/Africa Cup of Nations] or at the tournament. We engage the players including the technical bench in good time,” he said.

 

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