MTN Super League side Kabwe Warriors have increased the players’ wages and winning bonus as the legendary Kabwe based side try to avoid relegation, Zambianfootball.net understands.
The Railway Ground hierarchy has also reinforced the squad with the arrival of four players and also luring of coach Dick Ngwenya and his assistant Happy Sichikolo from Nakambala Leopards and Paramilitary respectively.
Division One south leaders City of Lusaka striker Derick Mulenga and Zesco United trio Nicholas Zulu, Mathews Chikwete and Yonah Mwango have been recruited to boast the squad. Mulenga already made his debut contribution by providing the assist in the lone goal against Zega while the former ‘Team Ya Ziko’ veterans will be making their debuts this weekend.
“Fans around the country questioned Ngwenya’s move to ditch Nakambala for Warriors but the coach was promised that the players will be motivated and the executive has done that. He was also told that he will be able to spend on new players and has moved in quickly to secure the four players,” a Zamfoot Crew source revealed.
According to some hardcore Warriors fans close to the Andrew Kamanga led executive, the players’ monthly upkeep has been increased to about ZMK1.2 million while winning bonuses to about ZMK800,000 and this will make Railway Ground an attractive destination for some players who can’t find their way into the Zesco United, Zanaco squads or service teams like Red Arrows and Green Buffaloes who offer better wages.
Last weekend, Kabwe Warriors beat Zesco United 1-0 in what was Ngwenya’s first match in-charge and the ‘Njanji-njanji’ boys, who haven’t been magnificent this season are lying 12th on the log and 3 points from 11th placed Nkwazi.
Ngwenya’s last stint at Warriors in 2002 saw the team finish second on the log and won the Mosi Cup. The late Anold Mtonga was the last coach who guided Warriors to silverware in the form of the Mosi Cup in 2007 when Switzerland based Emmanuel Mayuka scored a hatrick at Nkoloma Stadium.
Meanwhile Warriors have lost the services of Elson M’kandawire and long serving skipper Felix Simukonda who have since joined Konkola Blades and Lime Hotspurs respectively. Star player Rodrick Kabwe has missed the last two games as he is still in the treatment room.