Information has emerged that former Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya agreed to endorse Edgar Lungu in exchange for K8, 000 (about $800 US Dollars).
Zambia’s Ambassador to South Africa and egoistic Anthony Mukwita paid Kalusha Bwalya to endorse outgoing President Edgar Lungu ahead of the August elections in a desperate attempt to try and change the ever dwindling political fortunes of the ruling party.
Political pundits say this is the worst form of desperation by the ruling party given the that Kalusha Bwalya has no political clout having lost an election as FAZ president to Andrew Kamanga.
“This could only be political desperation at worst. Kalusha has no political clout. He himself had a humiliating defeat as FAZ president,” said Kangwa Mulenshi, a senior lecturer at the University of Eastern Cape.
Mr. Mulenshi said Kalusha Bwalya no longer commands admiration among Zambians as they hold him responsible for the falling soccer standards in the country.
Kalusha Bwalya could not even issue the statement on his own due to the embarrassing nature of his latest move but allowed the PF to issue a statement on his behalf.
In the statement, Kalusha Bwalya tried to use football and the national team’s victory at the African cup in 2012.
He said he knows how to pick a winning team, but the truth is that Kalusha Bwalya
Bwalya was coach of Zambia between 2003 and 2006 during which period Zambia suffered losses even at regional level. Everyone knows that it was Frenchman Hervé Renard who picked the team that won the Africa cup in 2012. Coaches, not chairmen or presidents pick players. Kalusha picked losing teams when he was coach just like picked another team to face novice Reuben Kamanga when he Bwalya had the incumbency.
The team Kalusha picked lost to Andrew Kamanga a few months ago when the football fraternity rejected Kalusha Bwalya.
It is a pity that Bwalya has decided to allow himself to be used by politicians just because he no longer has access to FAZ contracts and he is no longer making profit from selling FAZ jerseys.
Bwalya would have made a name for himself if he instead decided to hold press conference and call for peace, fair and free elections instead of thinking about himself all the time.