Luchanga transfer saga
Published On February 20, 2016 » 2911 Views» By Hildah Lumba » Columns, Sports
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Scorecard - ShamsI can imagine how teenage striker Conlyde Luchanga is feeling after having just one good season in the Zambian Premier League.
His club Lusaka Dynamos has opted to annul his move to Power Dynamos with the flimsiest of excuses.
I cannot forget Chris Munthali and his dealing with the two Kitwe giants (Power and Nkana) and then there is also Jacob Ngulube, who was involved in a transfer triangle involving ‘Mighty’ Mufulira Wanderers, Damiano Academy and Nkana.
This just shows how poor Zambian administrators are at transfers and how they are not putting the players’ interests first. The recent action by Dynamos in handling Luchanga’s transfer leaves much to be desired.
Luchanga shot to fame with his fantastic season at Dynamos last year which earned him a call-up to the national Under-23 team as well as the senior national team.
He scored a goal for each of these teams and coming from a team that sells rather than buys, he was already on the market and all the teams came scrambling.
Zesco United had an edge over the rest, but a prohibitive US$10, 000 loan fee threw the deal through the window and a quick announcement followed that Luchanga would be going to Power after the two teams reached an agreement.
But on Wednesday last week, Dynamos shocked all, including the player himself, when they recalled him from the two-year loan just weeks after it commenced claiming they had a new sponsor, who saw no need to let the player go.
But this is what attracts ridicule onto the Zambian football administrators because the claim from Dynamos for recalling Luchanga is really vague.
Whether that statement is true or not, there is a better way of handling these player transfers and contracts.
It seems people have no respect for contracts in this country and selfish interests overshadow those of the players.
This latest twist from Dynamos will make it difficult to do business with them over players’ transfers because of their inconsistent behaviour.
People will now start saying Zesco were right to turn down Luchanga in preference for foreign talent and how bad for Power, who by now have closed their transfer business and will have to go into the season with a player less out of this.
The country is still reeling from the Munthali transfer saga which ended with the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Player Status Committee meting out the most lenient of punishments in form of a three-month ban.
Poor indeed in that there was forgery and especially that there was going to be pecuniary benefits as it became a criminal offence.
I feel our club administrators need training if we are to curb such dealings.
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