Pay Back Clubs By Winning Games – Simataa

THE Zambia Football Coaches Association (ZAFCA) has warned its members, especially those at MTN Premier Division teams, to deliver positive results as a way of paying back clubs’ financiers for their sponsorship.

ZAFCA general secretary, Simataa Simataa said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that companies spent much money to bankroll teams, cautioning coaches not to take for granted the goodwill from the business sector.

Simataa was reacting to Zesco United’s sacking of its head coach Fighton Simukonda on Tuesday, saying ZAFCA’s position had always been clear on the welfare of coaches and that all its members were aware of what was required from them by their respective employers.

“We are not privy to the details on the sacking apart from what has been written in newspapers, but arising from this we can also give a warning to these coaches to win matches given and matches required. This is our warning,” the Amakumbi Stars proprietor said.

Meanwhile, champions Zesco United have denied reports that they are targeting former national team coach Patrick Phiri to take over from Simukonda.

Zesco chairperson, Kenneth Muteto said in Ndola that reports linking his team to Phiri, who himself was relieved of his duties by Tanzania’s glamour side, Simba Sports Club after a string of bad results early this year, were mere rumours.

Muteto reiterated that club’s first assistant coach, Masautso Mwale would lead the team in a caretaker capacity and would be assisted by former international goalkeeper, Emmanuel Msichili up to the end of the on-going season which is entering the second round this weekend.

He said his executive committee, which had a emergency meeting on Tuesday that led to the firing of Simukonda, would review Mwale’s performance at the end of the season and a decision would be made then whether or not to retain him.

Simukonda was sacked alongside team manager, Peter Mutale and physio, Misheck Mutale while six players Arthur Kaseloki, Kunda Mushota, Matthews Chikwete, Nicholas Zulu, Percy Kisonge and Yonah Mwango are being loaned out to interested teams.

The soft-spoken award-winning trainer replaced Wedson Nyirenda, now at Zanaco, at the start of the 2009 season after leading Lusaka Dynamos to the 2008 BP Top Eight title and went on to guide Zesco to the group stage of the Confederation of Africa Football Champions League in 2009.

Zesco, who trail league leaders Red Arrows by nine points going into week 16 matches on Saturday, are seventh on the table with 21 points and with two games in hand.

MTN Premier Division table

 

Team                           P       W         D         L       F            A         +/-       Pts

Red Arrows                16        9          6          1       21          9          12       33

Power                         16        9          4          3       24          11       13        31

Blades                        16        7          7          2       15          10       5          28

Zanaco                       16        7          5          4       25          15        10        26

Nakambala                16        8          2          6       14          17        –3       26

Buffaloes                   15        7          3          5       17          14       3          24

Nkana                         16        6          5          5       19          16        3          23

Zesco                          14       6          3          5       15          9          6          21

Roan                           16        5          6          5       18          18        0          21

Rangers                     15        5          4          6       11          11        0         19

Forest                         16        4          7          5       16          17         -1       19

Nkwazi                       16        6          4          7       17          27        –10      19

Warriors                    16        4          4          8       11          14        –3       16

Eagles                        16        3          6          7       11          15        -4        15

Lime                            16        4          3          9       15          24        –9        15

Kalewa                       16        1          3          12     9            31        –22     6

 

As compiled by the Times after Week 16  fixtures.