By SHAMAOMA MUSONDA –
THE Copperbelt Energy Company (CEC) has demanded better performance from Power Dynamos this season which should culminate in the team winning the MTN-FAZ Premier League title.
Committee member Ponga Liwewe said CEC has maintained its confidence in Power despite a disappointing 2013 season by pouring in $1 million so that the Kitwe side can win the league title and other silverware that would be available.
Liwewe said this during a dinner hosted for the team at Golden Bridge Hotel on Monday night that the players only had one choice this season which was to perform well and win silverware.
He said 2014 should be a great year for the Kitwe’s Ndeke Township side because unlike other teams, they had a good structure, dedicated sponsor, good coach and a well balanced group of players who could beat any team in the country.
“This year, a lot of responsibility lies on the shoulder of the coach and you players. Expectations from the sponsors and the fans are quite high. Last year you were indifferent and this year should be a great year for Power Dynamos.
“You guys are a great team, technical bench and a management team whose vision is also great. All you have to do is give your all, give 110 per cent and you can win any game,” Liwewe told the players.
He said Power was a team with a rich history and that last season’s showing where the club flirted with relegation for lengthy spell was pretty odd. He said this was why the executive and the sponsors were doing everything possible in preseason to make sure 2014 was a great season for Power.
He affirmed the executive’s confidence in coach Tenant Chilumba, a hero at Power as a player, saying his showing towards the end of last season after replacing Beston Chambeshi was impressive.
Power Secretary Ricky Mamfunda praised the coach for conjuring a fine run at the end of last season that saw Power go the last nine games without a loss and moved the club from a relegation contender to finish in eighth position.