Letter to the Editor

Utilise Great Kalu to revive Zambian football standards

Dear editor,
IT IS saddening to note the plummeting football standards in Zambia.
Zambia is known to be a football powerhouse on the continent despite the sharp decline of standards in the country.
The dwindling football standards can be evidenced by the country’s failure to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AfCON) football tournament. Zambia didn’t qualify for 2017 Gabon AfCON either.
However, it is surprising that the 2012 AfCON winners are failing to qualify for Africa’s biggest football showpiece, let alone winning the regional football tournaments such as the Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Championship, for instance.
The football woes in our country are also imminent for the women national team and the under-20 junior Chipolopolo, among others.
To revive the dwindling football standards, there is need to utilise the football legend and 1988 Africa footballer-of-the-year, Kalusha Bwalya, aka Great Kalu. In my considered view, I feel Kalusha is the right man to help revive the dwindling football fortunes in our country.
Great Kalu is an ex-football star with many years of experience as a footballer and also as a football administrator. His wealth of experience can help in reviving the falling football standards in our country.
If the above is not good enough, it is also imperative to bring on board seasoned football administrators like former Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Teddy Mulonga and Simataa Simataa, to mention but a few.
The country’s football fortunes can be revived and it is a matter of time. All that we need to do is to give room to the football pundits, like Great Kalu, to assist in reviving the dwindling football standards in whichever way they can.
Surely, Zambia will one day bounce back as a football powerhouse in Africa.
ELEMIYA PHIRI
Lusaka




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