Letter to the Editor

Loyalty of soccer fans to national team vital

Dear editor,
SOCCER fans play a pivotal role to the number-one sport, football. As such, they should be loyal to the team be it the club or

national team.
However, the behaviour exhibited by soccer fans last Saturday during the international friendly match between Zambia and Ethiopia was unacceptable.
The soccer fans booed the Chipolopolo Boys for failure to score goals and they instead cheered Ethiopia national team players much to the annoyance and disappointment of the Wedson Nyirenda technical bench.
In any game of football, there is winning and losing.
The senior Chipolopolo Boys won the Africa Cup of Nations (AfCON) in 2012 and the lads made the country proud.
The senior national team deserves respect from the soccer fans at all times.
It does not augur well that the soccer fans have been disloyal to the team in the recent past and they have endeared themselves with Under 17, Under 20 and Under 23 national teams.
This should not be the case.
My humble appeal to the soccer fans is that they should exhibit exemplary behaviour by being loyal to our senior national team whether in defeat or victory.
All said and done, I feel the uncouth behaviour exhibited by the soccer fans during the friendly match with Ethiopia will not be repeated in future games.
ELEMIYA PHIRI
Lusaka

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