By Adrian Mwanza –
ROAN Rugby club head coach Buuka Ntembe has called on corporate companies to financially help the club he described as insolvent.
Ntembe, a former national team player, said the club’s financial challenges were so grave that the club may not make it on its own in the 2016 season.
Ntembe said the club’s financial problems were worsened after the Luanshya Copper Mines (LCM) withdrew sponsorship from them
“I am calling on the corporate world to help us with finances since we do not have any sponsors at the moment,” he said.
He said the challenges were so entrenched that Roan did not even have a decent set of jerseys to wear during matches or even training equipment.
“The situation is very bad here. Can you imagine we do not even have a proper set of jerseys to put on during games?” he said.
He said transport was the other challenge the team was facing and that in most cases the team lost games due to forfeitures.
“We have been losing points because we fail to travel for games due to the lack of transport to ferry us to other towns,” he said.
Ntembe said the club had started training, but the hardships were limiting the team’s potential to yield positive results.
He said the team was committed and training hard regardless of the problems.
“I would like to commend the team for their hard work even when they are faced with these hardships,” he said.