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Let Luchanga enjoy his game at Power

SOCCER REVIEW with STEPHEN PHIRI
LUSAKA Dynamos and Power Dynamos have engaged in a tug of war over striker Conlyde Luchanga.
Last December, Dynamos announced that Luchanga has been loaned to Power for two years.
Two months down the line, ‘Elite’ Dynamos have U-turned claiming their new sponsors want them to assemble a team that will challenge for the Super Division title this year.
I am not privy to the contract but I assume both clubs appended their signatures and it is surprising that Dynamos want Luchanga back to the capital city.
The two clubs should iron out this issue as soon as possible so that Luchanga concentrates on his career.
To prove his passion to play for the ‘Yellow’ family, Luchanga scored a gem of a goal during last Saturday’s Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu Charity Shield semi-final against Zesco United. Let the young man enjoy his football.
Luchanga is a star in the making and his talent should not be distracted by officials trying to outdo each other.
Luchanga’s career should override any other parochial interest and the player should have the last say as to where he should belong in 2016.
Therefore, the player’s future should be put into consideration when officials from the two teams will be having talks this week.
There should be no winner of loser but Luchanga should emerge victorious.
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Three years ago, Zambia lost a genuine case at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, because of lacking documentation.
The world soccer governing body went ahead and honoured Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi for the most goals scored in a season.
Messi scored 72 goals surpassing former Bayern Munich and Germany striker Gerd Muller’s 68.
Yet one Godfrey ‘Ucar’ Chitalu scored 107 goals in the 1972 season and has not been honoured by FIFA.
Chitalu was featuring for ‘Magnificent Kabwe Warriors when he achieved that feat.
Zambians spoke the same language in a bid to convince FIFA that Chitalu scored more than Messi and Mueller in a single season but authorities at Zurich wanted documentation.
The country failed to provide evidence and this is how Messi was honoured.
It was painful to see the Argentine get the recognition but we need to learn lessons from such situations.
As a country we need to document our achievements be it in sport or politics.
Once that is done, it will be easy to convince the worldover about our achievements.
Government, through Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili last week announced that it has dedicated a room at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka where profiles of old and current footballers can be exhibited to help fans understand more about Zambia’s football history.
This should be done immediately so that the current generation and those to come will appreciate Zambian football.
Zambian football has a rich history and we should be proud of it.
This is the time for soccer historians to come on board and put their heads together.
With concerted efforts, the documentation of Zambian football could be done within a short time.
I am wishing Zesco good luck when they face South Sudanese side Al Ghazala Wau in the CAF Champions League preliminary round return leg in Juba on Friday.
Zesco won 2-0 in the first leg in Ndola and I urging the Ndola-based team play an attacking game. After all the best form of defence is attack.
sphiri@daily-mail.co.zm, phiristeve4@gmail.com

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