Livingstone Pirates: The landlords of division one
A journey of a thousand miles, sweat, and sacrifice begins with but a step so one may say. From the time Football became known in this world and Zambia at large as a beautiful game many years ago, many clubs have been involved in plying their trade in the Super League. Up to date, they are still playing in the now MTN/FAZ Super League.
Some no longer exist while some are scattered across lower divisions of Zambian football.
A lot of clubs have never experienced Super League football since it’s inception and Livingstone Pirates is one of them: A team coming from one of the big cities in the country which is also the Tourist Capital yet holding a torch without the light of the super league.
The closest the club has come to getting promoted was in the 2004 season when they finished fourth in the old Division one south but since then, the team has failed to replicate the feat despite having been always in the top half of the table.
The team’s greatest achievement was their semi-final appearance at the Mosi cup where they lost to Green Buffaloes at Woodlands Stadium after beating Power Dynamos at Arthur Davies Stadium.
Livingstone Pirates is one of the oldest football clubs not just in the City but the Province and country and it has spent most of its years in Division One, not even upsetting the odds to reach the Barclays cup yet it is the most supported and holds the “landlords” name because of staying long division one not winning promotion and also of being the elders in the tourist capital.
One would wonder why aside with all that muscle of finances has not made it to the elite League of Zambia football.
We have known them to have had under their name good and talented players, coaches and they have what it takes to win promotion.Mr. Kituka, Richard Kasune, Litrace Chewe, Elijah Chikwanda, Kenneth Malitoli, Sunshine Habeenzu, Tom Gaza Mwale, Sándor Posta, and Alfred Mulao are some of the big coaches to have sat in the dugout of the landlords.
However, the problem lies in what should be done in order for the tourist side to win promotion because some high-profile players have been in their ranks before the likes of Owen Mwendabai and Ben Chengo who later went to (Kabwe Warriors),
Ali “Alido” Hakalenge, Bruce Musakanya, Kequinn Musakanya, and Alex Mtonga joined (Red Arrows), Bright Shikapande and Lincoln kakutula both (LCC), late Bryan Imonda and Elson Mukandawire, Denning Dean Chimena and Billy Shanda Imonda all went to Power Dynamos, Cosy Favor Kabaza (Zanaco ), Abraham and Lineker Yonkao Mwiikisa ( Nakambala Leopards ), Kenneth Mwaanga ( Green Eagles), Martin Chibambo ( Sporting Clube De Esmoriz – Portugal) and Chishimba Changala ( Nkwazi Fc) just to mention a few.
Why hasn’t a big side like this one tasted super League football and yet much newer clubs like Real Nakonde, Circuit City, New Monze Swallows, and FC MUZA have all played in the Super League.
The question is, after all these years in Division one, is the side still under construction? For how long will they be under construction?
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