Sunday, July 14, 2024

Best player in Zambia, failing to get game time in South Africa

Is the Zambian Super League inferior to the South African Premier Soccer League?

The story of Tresor Tshibwabwa Yamba Yamba has raised eyebrows in Zambia.

Tshibwabwa, a Congolese maverick defender took the Zambian Super League by storm.

He led Red Arrows to a league title last season, breaking down Zesco United’s dominance.

While Ricky Banda [scored 16 goals] walked away with the Player of the season, it was the 25 year old who caught the eye and should have been given the award.

His influence at Nkoloma Stadium, saw two former Zambia national soccer team coaches [Micho and Asanovic] sound him for Chipolopolo.

Both coaches met him in the car park at Nkoloma Stadium.

According to the ZamFoot Crew sources, he agreed to switch nationality but only if he a token of appreciation was offered.

That deal didn’t materialise after FAZ reportedly failed to suction it.

By the end of the season, a host of clubs came crawling for his signature.

Locally, Zesco United had a bid rejected while Zanaco tapped him and was even their guest at one of the CAF Confederations Cup games at Heroes Stadium.

Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates came short after offering less money.

Cape Town City were also in the loop.

Sekhukhune United came in and paid a record transfer fee of $100, 000 (ZMK1.8 million) for a played moving from Zambia to South Africa.

Since joining Sekhukhune United, Tshibwabwa has only featured in a one league game.

For a player of his quality, it is shocking he is failing to break into the Sekhukhune United, a team where Rodrick Kabwe is a regular.

Is it a case of mindset [player] or trust from the coaches.

Or maybe Tshibwabwa also got the Zambian syndrome that has seen many players struggle in the PSL.

Lazarous Kambole, Justin Shonga, Augustine Mulenga and Austin Muwowo are examples.

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  1. Let’s just invest in our local football…the supposition that SA league or football is better than Zambian football is a fugazi….
    Let’s build better structures and get back to the way it was in the 80s and early 90s….

  2. It is a lack of trust from the coaches. And this is the reason the Southern African football is destroying itself. Many players are finishing in their budding stage under the guise of professional football. Zambian football is not inferior to South African. If this is the case, then no importation would be sought from us. Because of the number of players we export to South Africa, we can conclude that we are superior… but we are at par if we consider the style of play.

  3. Any coach wants a win by featuring his best players at hand. If one is not featured its because there are better players for his position in the team. What superiority? Look where Brazillian or Argeninians are playing in Europe.

  4. Any coach wants a win by featuring his best players at hand. If one is not featured its because there are better players for his position in the team. How about Katongo,Mbesuma,Chansa etc. Spare the coaches.

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