Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
SOME of the local players leaving Nkana FC say their departure from the Zambian side has nothing to do with their performance on the pitch.
The players’ representative Trust Nyambiya told H-Metro Sport yesterday that most of the players are leaving due to contractual disagreements with the club.
Nkana were home to five Zimbabweans – Jimmy Dzingai, Talbert Shumba, Kelvin Moyo, Tichaona Chipunza and Takudzwa Chimwemwe and only one player is staying put.
H-Metro yesterday reported that the players fell out of favour after the arrival of a new coach who replaced Kelvin Kaindu, who had signed them.
Dzingai and Shumba have already left the club after their contracts were not extended and in South Africa for trial stints.
Moyo and Chipunza will know their fate at the end of this month while Chimwemwe is expected to stay.
“It’s true most of these guys are leaving but to set the record straight, it has nothing to do with the performance but contracts. Some are owed sign-on fees, salaries and bonuses and under such circumstances problems will arise.
“It is also common in football that when a new coach arrives, he/she comes with own ideas or practices which might affect other players. And as a player if you have some reservations over some practices, especially practices in African football you are out. When you say you don’t believe in this and that it becomes a problem to you,” said Trust Nyambiya who brokered some of the players’ deals.
“Nkana never lost a match which Kevy (Moyo) played until he got injured, so his departure has nothing to do with his performance. He was given the captain’s armband just after his arrival because the team started winning when he arrived, because of his performance. Moyo is actually on demand in Zambia and Nkana want his services but there are pending issues.
“Ticha (Chipunza) was unfortunate because he got injured but the time he was fit he played. He even helped the team survive relegation in their last game,” said Nyambiya.
He, however, admitted the players’ chances of extending their contracts are slim.
“Some of the players have already left, which is true and in as far as Chipunza and Moyo are concerned, their future is also uncertain.
“I would say their chances of staying are 30 percent,” he said.
The overhaul at Nkana is said to have affected even local players.
“This is not only affecting foreign players, there are Zambian players who were also told to consider their future elsewhere,” said Nyambiya.