Nakambala Leopards players face uncertainty over their future
Nakambala Leopards was the first club from Southern Province to win promotion to the Super League and was once the pride of Southern Province but things have not been certain of late since the COVID-19 outbreak.
First, the team did not fulfill the fixtures of the last four games in the league and now they face uncertainty with FAZ dangling demotion and de-registration in the aftermath of the debacle.
While other clubs are recruiting players and players moving to other clubs Nakambala Leopards players don’t know their fate as they have not been addressed by management over the future of the club and their contracts.
The ZamFoot Crew caught up with some of the Nakambala players who are worried and conflicted about their future in Mazabuka as they have not been addressed by the team’s hierarchy.
“We don’t know our future, management has not addressed us as players we don’t know whether we will play in the league or not especially since we are hearing that the club will be deregistered by the Football Association of Zambia,” a source told the ZamFoot Crew.
“We train at the gym twice a week and most players contracts were not renewed and currently only a few players have running contracts, while others have joined other clubs as free agents but some of us with contracts don’t know whether to join other clubs or stay cause of uncertainty of the club amidst the COVID 19 pandemic.”
” Football is our source of income and with this situation, we are really disturbed and we don’t know how we are going to survive with our families cause time I running out for us to join other clubs,” the source added.
Nakambala Leopards sponsors Zambia Sugar decided against the teak fulfilling fixtures but were willing to continue paying the players and let the team be relegated to not put the lives of the majority in Mazabuka at risk if any of the players were to test positive for COVID-19.
FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala last month hinted that the Sugar Boys would be expelled for failing to fulfill their fixtures as stipulated in the FAZ Constitution.
“Article 13 of the FAZ constitution has member obligations, and I think in C it stipulates that all the clubs should fulfill all their fixtures without fail. And of course, at the time they register with FAZ, clubs do…if it was in court, we would say clubs do swear that they will abide by the rules. And Nankambala breached both the constitution and the disciplinary code of conduct,” he said.
“To that effect, it calls for deregistration, complete expulsion from the league. From my point of view, as secretariat, we expect Nakambala to be expelled from the league; they will not even drop to national division one, they will not even drop to provincial league, they will have to reapply if they want to continue playing football.”
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