Football

Not a matter of life and death

Soccer Review with STEPHEN PHIRI
ONE of the quotable quotes from legendary Liverpool Football Club manager Bill Shankly was when he said: “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.”That was Shankly at his best.
But again, do not take it literally.
Shankly was on a chat show talking about the strain football had taken on his family as he had to spend a lot of time away from them. And when he was asked whether he regretted the absence, he said he did.
Put simply, Shankly was admitting that he had got his priorities wrong.
Kabwe Warriors fans should also admit their wrong priorities.
Everyone who associates with the world’s famous sport should be ready for any outcome: win, draw or lose.
Those who cannot stomach a defeat should be nowhere near a stadium.
It makes sad reading that Warriors fans clobbered two Nkana supporters during a Super Division Week Ten match at Godfrey Chitalu Stadium on Sunday.
The only crime the Nkana fans committed was to celebrate striker Idris Mbombo’s second goal.
Whatever the provocation, there was no need for the two Nkana supporters to be rewarded with a thorough beating, with one being rushed to the hospital.
Even if the celebrations are provocative, you just live with it. It is the name of the game.
The Warriors hierarchy should come down heavily on the perpetrators of violence.
In 2015, Godfrey Chitalu Stadium was closed due to crowd trouble and Warriors were playing home games at Sunset Stadium in Lusaka, which is 145 kilometres from Kabwe.
Does the Hayden Dingwall-led Warriors executive committee want such a thing to happen again?
Club officials should know that they have the power to hand life bans to supporters that cause anarchy.
It is better to have a few behaved supporters than a bunch of troublemakers.
I wish the two Nkana fans who were beaten a quick recovery.
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Football is about goals and it was disappointing that Zesco United drew 1-1 with Mbabane Swallows of eSwatini, formerly Swaziland, in a CAF Champions League group stage match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Saturday.
Zesco created a myriad of scoring opportunities but only one shook the net.
The goal was scored by defender David Odhiambo.
Zesco could have wrapped up the match in the first half but John Ching’andu, Jesse Were, Winston Kalengo, Lazarus Kambole and Kondwani Mtonga, among others, were not accurate at goal.
Swallows could have been handed a 5-1 bashing but at the end of the day they shared points.
The strikers were blunt and the onus is on the technical bench to rectify the problem.
What is consoling is that the match in Luanda between Angolan side Premeiro Agosto and Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia also ended 1-1.
All the four teams in Group D have a point apiece ahead of round two matches next Tuesday.
Zesco head to Etoile du Sahel while Swallows host Premeiro Agosto.
Victory over Etoile du Sahel will see Zesco back on track for a slot in the quarter-finals of the lucrative competition.
After the elimination of Zanaco from the CAF competitions, Zambians are relying on Zesco to go all the way.
Time has come for a Zambian side to win the prestigious club championship.
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