By MOSES CHIMFWEMBE
THE Zambia Rugby Coaches Association (ZRCA) has disowned its vice-chairperson, Robertson Kangongwe for issuing what it describes as unwarranted statements against the Zambia Rugby Union (ZRU).
But Kangongwe, who is also ‘Men at Work’ Diggers coach, has vowed to stand by his statement that the ZRU should not change the term of office from the current two to four-year-term, saying the remark was his personal opinion. ZRCA director, Innocent Sakala said in a statement yesterday that the association had distanced itself from Kangongwe’s utterances on policy matters which were the preserve of councillors during ZRU meetings.
Sakala said Kangongwe’s opposition of the change of constitution regarding the adjustment of the term of office was his personal position and that the coaches association was not part of it.
He advised Kangongwe against using his ZRCA position to settle personal scores with the current ZRU officials.
“As far as we are concerned the issue of change of office was already passed at the Annual General Meeting in Chingola and it is not negotiable. What we are now waiting for is implementation of the same.
For Kangongwe to start discussions on a policy matter is not acceptable and he should know his boundaries as a coach than starting unnecessary confusion which he does not understand. I would like to remind him that Zambia may be the only member of the International Rugby Board with less than four years as the term of office,” he said.
However, Kangongwe said in an interview yesterday that he still stood by the statement he made on the tenure of office for the ZRU officials.
He said he was surprised that the coaches association had distanced itself from the remarks when he made it clear that the utterances were his personal reflection and did not represent the views of Diggers or the ZRCA.
Kangongwe said it was pointless for people to start attacking him for merely expressing his opinion on matter that bordered on the interest of rugby in the country.
“I see no point why the coaches association should issue a statement that they have disowned me when I talked to Sakala himself. Sakala knows that this was my opinion it had nothing to do with the association or my club. Otherwise I still stand by what I said,” he said.
The ZRU reacted angrily yesterday through its general secretary Francis Chitambo accusing Kangongwe of exposing his ignorance by opposing a resolution which has already been passed by ZRU councillors.
Chitambo said Kangongwe was casting aspersions at the councillors who resolved and adopted the change by saying he is against the amendment of the term of office for ZRU from two years to fours.