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20 Team league restructuring – Everyone to benefit

By Franklyn Malambo

With the deadline to reduce the electoral college fast approaching it is only right that FAZ restructures the leagues in order to conform to the requirements by the supreme body in world football.

While the general view from most fans and other interested parties is that we are not ready for an expanded league it is right to avoid all avoidable penalties that may arise from not doing as we have been requested to.

Teams may struggle with the adjustment in terms of overload on the players, strain both physical and financial and a few others.

However, everyone is set to benefit from the move and here I take a look at the immediate benefits at a glance for a number of stake holders ranging from fans,clubs and Zambian football as a whole.

FANS

The increase in number of games from 34 to 38 will give more entertainment to the fans and a good chance to view their teams an additional number of times.

The excitement among local fans for local football has grown over the years and this adds to the spice.

The fan base for local football will increase considering the location of teams such as Real Makonde.

Almost everyone from that region will want to be identified with this team and no matter what their fortunes will be in their maiden appearance in the super league,  Makonde will have a permanent good following of the super league and the Tanzania fans from across the border will add to the publicity of the league and Zambian league will tap into that fan base.

SPONSORS

Sponsors have a great chance to publicize and advertise their products at at least two more venues for 38 weeks. O20 TEAM LEAGUE-EVERY ONE TO BENEFIT

 

With the deadline to reduce the electoral

college fast approaching it is only right that FAZ restructures the leagues in order to conform to the requirements by the supreme body in world football.

 

While the general view from most fans and other interested parties is that we are not ready for an expanded league it is right to avoid all avoidable penalties that may arise from not doing as we have been requested to. Teams may struggle with the adjustment in terms of overload on the players,strain both physical and financial and a few others. However, everyone is set to benefit from the move and here I take a look at the immediate benefits at a glance for a number of stake holders ranging from fans,clubs and Zambian football as a whole.

 

FANS

The increase in number of games from 34 to 38 will give more entertainment to the fans and a good chance to view their teams an additional number of times. The excitement among local fans for local football has grown over the years and this adds to the spice.

 

The fan base for local football will increase considering the location of teams such as Real Makonde.Almost everyone from that region will want to be identified with this team and no matter what their fortunes will be in their maiden appearance in the super league, Makonde will have a permanent good following of the super league and the Tanzania fans from across the border will add to the publicity of the league and Zambian league will tap into that fan base

 

SPONSORS

Sponsors have a great chance to publicize and advertise their products At at least two more venues for 38 weeks. Others can take this opportunity to become shirt sponsors for teams and spread the good news to masses through team shirts.

 

TEAMS

More gate takings increase revenue. 2 more weeks of football give chance to sale branded merchandise such as jerseys, shirt,mugs,caps e.t.c . For clubs that view football as a real money spinner,this is a golden chance to maximize upon and increase revenue.

 

Teams can rely on this as a chance to get into partnerships with locally based business houses to sell their products on designated areas outside the stadium and earn money of the same stands.

 

With youth footballers now becoming hot property on the international market,the increase in number of games gives certain clubs the luxury of trying out their youth products to see if they are ripe for the market.

 

ZAMBIA

Everything that happens on our soil must benefit our land ultimately and this is just one of those that will.

 

More teams means more players are going to play at the competitive level. This in turn makes us develop quality players already baked for the market having played at the local top level. This makes our teams more competitive even at youth level because of exposure to octane conditions and performing under the same.

 

Sustained success will be attained at all levels of the national teams. In the next years we may not even have people calling for every player in Europe with a name that sounds Zambian because we will have too many lads abroad and some may even be surplus to our requirements.

 

The selection base for the national teams will be widened and since much consideration for selection is given to players in the super league this gives us more candidates.

 

It is always good to view positives from every move and certainly many more than these above will accrue. For all stakeholders from boardrooms to the vuvuzela Sadler and even the young kid with a local club hero to cheer for,everyone will benefit.

Others can take this opportunity to become shirt sponsors for teams and spread the good news to masses through team shirts.

TEAMS

More gate takings increase revenue. Two more weeks of football give chance to sale branded merchandise such as jerseys, shirt, mugs, caps e.t.c . For clubs that view football as a real money spinner, this is a golden chance to maximize upon and increase revenue.

Teams can rely on this as a chance to get into partnerships with locally based business houses to sell their products on designated areas outside the stadium and earn money of the same stands.

With youth footballers now becoming hot property on the international market,the increase in number of games gives certain clubs the luxury of trying out their youth products to see if they are ripe for the market.

ZAMBIA

Everything that happens on our soil must benefit our land ultimately and this is just one of those that will.

More teams means more players are going to play at the competitive level. This in turn makes us develop quality players already baked for the market having played at the local top level.

This makes our teams more competitive even at youth level because of exposure to octane conditions and performing under the same.

Sustained success will be attained at all levels of the national teams. In the next years we may not even have people calling for every player in Europe with a name that sounds Zambian because we will have too many lads abroad and some may even be surplus to our requirements.

The selection base for the national teams will be widened and since much consideration for selection is given to players in the super league this gives us more candidates.

It is always good to view positives from every move and certainly many more than these above will accrue.

For all stakeholders from boardrooms to the vuvuzela Sadler and even the young kid with a local club hero to cheer for, everyone will benefit.






22 Comments to 20 Team league restructuring – Everyone to benefit

  1. STUMPY says:

    where is the real guru? i have always advocated for a twenty team zambian league. only a f00l would not see sense in this

  2. Truth is says:

    Okay this is crap!! This article lacks substance. Trust me

  3. Joe says:

    The writer is not pointing out at the reasons to have 20 teams BUT at the benefits for stakeholders. It May lack substance for Reasons to Restructure but carries a Lot for Stakeholders.. Dont get the smoke,Get the Fire.

  4. paradox says:

    SOME DEFEATED CHAP WILL FIND A WAY TO ATTACK KAMANGA OVER THIS PENDING MOVE

  5. Positive thinking says:

    The article needs a little more depth. I think we need to look at the counter points further.

    34 to 38 games only means 4 more games and only 2 of those will be at home and will provide gate takings for teams. This is not nearly enough to offset the cost of playing those extra games. The benefits are minimal if they are even any benefits.

    The sponsors benefitting. Not significantly going to impact their pockets because unless they increase the funding to the teams, it will only mean they get minimal extra advertising.

    Overall the cost of playing more fixtures in more locations though that’s only 2 games. The league expansion should come with a clear understanding of cost vs benefits analysis.

    The individual club cost to play those extra 4 games pitted against the amount of revenue that will be generated. The biggest factor here is not simply in the number of games or number of teams; it will come down to how far spread the teams are in the country which will affect the transportation cost. Then the expanded league may also affect player salaries. Are there structures or sponsorship packages in place to adjust to the added cost of doing business?

    • GRAND says:

      You are very right and exactly on point.
      Gate talkings in Zambian leagues accounts for less than 20 % of the clubs general expenditure.
      We are increasing the expenditure without where most clubs have very little sponsorship.

      Just like bringing a national division one league will bring more problems. With regional division one we have been having alot of unfulfilled fixtures. I don’t know what these FAZ guys are thinking.

      • Positive thinking says:

        Thanks Grand. You bring up a very good point on the gate takings only accounting for less than 20%. I hope FAZ is not thinking of bringing a national division one league which would definitely be a problem. Increasing the Super League to 20 teams is not as impacting, but would be catastrophic at the Division 1 level. We need to put a better deal in place and sit down with the clubs since they have a better understanding of their own finances. FAZ seriously needs to think about the second order effects and sustainability of a national division one league. Though, I will caveat that by saying that this is the first I’m hearing of a national division one league.

  6. You are just exposing your foolishness to the people education is very important in someone life

    • GRAND says:

      We are telling you the facts you are insulting and you claim to be educated

      • Tc Soccerman says:

        I never agree with you Grand on certain issues, but you hit the nail on the heard. Undefeated Guru is clown to say the least.

    • Positive thinking says:

      But who is this comment directed towards. I most certainly hope it isn’t me pantu I’m just laying out what I think should be considered before jumping head first into this idea. People also have to consider that the sponsorship money from Supersport or MTN will now have to be shared among more teams.

  7. discipline says:

    30,000 kwacha,is not enough to run a club very off the line of rail,it won’t work.in the EPL if say hull city is promoted just the sponsorship money will see them through the season and am just talking about TV rights.

  8. That comment was directed to paradox not you see the useless comment that he directed on me

  9. So you are calling me clown just because I’m kamanga critic, let me tell you mr positive thinking I won’t stop criticizing kamanga if you want you can go to hell

    • Positive thinking says:

      Eh? Where did this come from? All my time on this site I have never referred to anyone as a clown. Don’t start that foolishness with me.

    • Positive thinking says:

      I have actually been very cordial with you, and I’m quite disappointed with this behavior. I have already said that your ability to do nothing, but find the negative in all aspects is why your thoughts lack credibility.

  10. I don’t agree with you mr positive thinking because before I comment I reserch first it is a well known factor that the failed friendly that kamanga secured with TZ was not good enough we needed a friendly atlest with a good opposition so when you augment lack merit I don’t understand were you standng

    • Positive thinking says:

      I’m sorry I’m in hell therefore I am unavailable for comment. When you stoop that low, I don’t think you and I have anything further to discuss.

  11. discipline says:

    Guru na positive mutoba inkeche imo e ne you two just fight too much

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