Football

Where is KoPa kit?

Soccer Review with STEPHEN PHIRI
TWO months ago, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) launched KoPa, a home-grown kit which is meant to be an income-generation business venture.
The kit was unveiled during the African Nations Championship (CHAN) Group B match against Uganda that the Chipolopolo won 3-1 in Marrakech, Morocco, on January 14.
The FAZ hierarchy announced that the kit will be in Zambia in the first week of February but up to now, there is no mention of KoPa apart from some man who was jailed.
FAZ opted to introduce its own kit after terminating a contact with Singaporean firm Mafro last year.
Where is the kit? This is the question that soccer fans are asking on the streets of Lusaka and other parts of the country.
The Andrew Kamanga-led FAZ executive should quickly ensure that problems surrounding the dispatch of the KoPa kit are dealt with.
FAZ should in fact have launched the kit long before the CHAN so that the frenzy of football could have propelled the sales.
They are now doing things in reverse but still failing to bring the kit in the country for Zambians to buy.
Kamanga and his executive should be proud that they came up with the kit they have named KoPa – after the country’s mineral copper, supposedly.
It is for this reason that some citizens of a named country have taken advantage of the situation to produce fake KoPa jerseys.
But the Lusaka magistrates Court acted quickly by sentencing the man who wanted to make quick money from the KoPa kit to nine months inprisonment with hard labour.
FAZ can generate a lot of money from the sale of the kit.
At the moment, FAZ are yet to pay allowances to national team players for the CHAN qualifiers among others yet the KoPa kit is still at large.
Football is big business world over and FAZ should take advantage of the goodwill from Zambians to embark on fundraising ventures.
This attitude of business as usual should not be associated with FAZ who are mandated to run the affairs of the country’s number one sport.
And this talk of “firing” national team coach Wedson Nyirenda should come to an end. People should set realistic targets for coaches.
Qualifying for the 2018 World Cup with which team?
sphiri@daily-mail.co.zm, phiristeve4@gmail.com

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