Wada talks discipline…Kalaba, Fwayo, Triple C on spotlight
Wedson Nyirenda says national team skipper Rainford Kalaba will be disciplined ahead of next month’s 2018 Russia World Cup
qualifier against Algeria.
The Chipolopolo will host Algeria on September 2 before facing the North Africans three days later in Constantine.
Kalaba went straight to the dressing room after being substituted in the second half of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique that Zambia lost 1-0 in Ndola.
He was withdrawn for midfielder Given Singuluma.
Nyirenda said at a briefing in Lusaka yesterday that Kalaba will be sanctioned.
“We are going to discipline Rainford Kalaba. We are running an institution and discipline is non-negotiable,” Nyirenda said.
On whether Kalaba will be omitted from the squad that will face Algeria,
Nyirenda said: “You will see the team list.”
“Destitution in Zambian football is because of the way we were handled by some coaches. We were not given good direction by some coaches. I am not going to have a soft hand on matters that will ruin them down, that will break their future, then I am a bad parent,” he said.
Nyirenda also commented on the omission of Lusaka Dynamos midfielders Fwayo Tembo and Cletus Chama.
“Let me go to the genesis of it on Fwayo first. He asked for permission to be exempted from the friendly against South Africa. He said he was going to Turkey. He was supposed to leave on the same day on Saturday but he told them [his handlers] that he wanted to play the game against Mozambique.
“So I told him, would you please tell your people that you have a game on Tuesday against South Africa, and he was the captain of the local team in case people have forgotten. We advised him to travel with us to South Africa before going to Europe. We agreed and he even played for Power Dynamos the following day,” Nyirenda said.
He was, however, surprised that Fwayo and defender Billy Mutale shunned camp.
“When I called their manager [Lombe Chipupu], he said he had given them transport money. The other power players came but Fwayo and Mutale did not report. We travelled to South Africa after we roped in some players like Webster Mulenga from Red Arrows and we won 2-1, which everyone did not expect because they were looking for a loss so that they could crucify Wedson Nyirenda,” Nyirenda said.
He said he is still waiting for Fwayo’s explanation.
“For Cletus, he apologised after the game. He did not know what he did was wrong. He is a child. I told him that I forgave him before he even did that. I asked him a question, who I am not to forgive? I have wronged people, I have made mistakes, and people have forgiven me.
“So I have forgiven him. I see talent in him [Chama] which cannot go to waste. I don’t want to be the coach who will contribute to his downfall. We will sit him down about direction in football. We have seen world-class stars who have fallen out of favour despite what they have done,” he said.
Chama walked straight to the dressing room after being withdrawn during the 2018 Kenya Africa Nations Championship first round return leg against Swaziland which Zambia won 3-0 in Lusaka.
Source: Daily Mail
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