SILUMESI MALUMO writes
CORRUPTION is the major reason why Chipolopolo Boys are performing poorly, say two former national soccer players.
Former striker Andrew Tembo claimed that often times players selected had no capacity to deliver but found themselves in the line-up because they promised to give away part of their bonus to the coaches.
He said that the players were not picked on merit which was disadvantaging the performance of the national team.
He said in an interview yesterday that the technical bench was prioritizing players who were willing to give out part of their bonus to feature in the national team.
Tembo said it was important that the technical bench picked players on merit if the nation was to restore its lost glory.
He said that there should be no room for corruption if the team was to go back to its winning ways.
“The national team performance is dwindling, losing its back to back African Cup qualifiers to Algeria and Zimbabwe,
“Corruption is really killing our Zambian football. Let’s not concentrate about enriching ourselves but putting the country on the radar. Our football has gone down and we need to kick away our selfishness just for the sake of restoring our football,” Tembo said.
He observed that the technical bench was prioritizing players who did not have game time at their respective clubs just because they promised to give away their winning bonuses.
Another former Chipolopolo legend Vespers Janza said that the national team would not qualify to the 2021 African Cup of Nations if corruption continued to be at the centre stage.
Janza said that the selection of players left much to be desired, and needed to be addressed without fail.
“If we pick the boys on merit it will help us to qualify to the much talked about World Cup and also the AFCON to be held in Cameroon,
“We need to pick players who are in form, who are enjoying game time at their clubs. Some of the players being used are always on the bench at the clubs how can they really perform well at national level,” he asked
He said that many clubs had players who could deliver who should be able to feature in the national team.