By SANDRA MWILA –
FORMER Zambia soccer team midfielder, Janny Simulambo has advised people against condemning the appointment of Chintu Kampamba as Chipolopolo assistant coach but should instead offer him support.
Simulambo, who played at the 1974 and 1978 Africa Cup editions, said it was wrong for certain people to condemn Kampamba’s appointment as Patrice Beaumelle’s assistant even before he could be tested.
He said it was sad that most people had rushed to criticise the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) over the appointment instead of offering support to the upcoming coach so that he could contribute towards the development of the game.
Simulambo, who has coached Swaziland, Golden Arrows and Mbabane Highlanders among others, said this in Lusaka during a luncheon hosted by former Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) committee member, Marcha Chilemena, aimed at appreciating efforts by past national team players to the development of football.
The former Green Buffaloes player also urged FAZ to consider sending Kampamba for further training and called on Zambian’s to be patient and rally behind the former Chipolopolo defender and Kabwe Warriors player-coach.
And Fred Mwila said Zambian coaches should make use of the veteran footballers and coaches that have experience by seeking advice on how best to improve their team’s performances.
“We are available but no one is consulting us on football matters unlike other countries that have associations for football legends where coaches can seek advice from the bigheads of football,” he said.
Mwila also thanked Chilemena for reuniting the KK11 players and that the gathering should not be mistaken for anyone lobbying for a post in any association.
Peter Mhango, a former national team defender, noted with displeasure the dwindling football standards in the country. Mhango said there was need to introduce a youth policy where the sport should be played at Primary up to tertiary level for the game to improve.
Among those present at the luncheon held at Napsa Sports Club on Friday were Emmy Musonda, Boniface Simutowe, Lewis Shambulo, Kaiser Kalombo, Dean Mwiinde and John Kaunda.
And Chilemena, who is also Telesport Football Club proprietor, said the gesture to invite former national team players was aimed at appreciating the services they rendered towards the development of the game.