By Mabvuto Phiri
When Andrew Kamanga wanted to be professional by not granting Kalusha Bwalya that much sought after endorsement letter to contest as a FIFA Committee Member it was called ‘unpatriotic’ but when Great Kalu voted against Rainford Kalaba at the CAF awards is called ‘professionalism’ what Kind of foolishness is this?
Undoubtedly, Kalu is Zambia’s greatest asset to have emerged out of ‘south of the equator’ and no one will ever take away this accolade from him.However, his conduct off the pitch recently has been questionable.This morning l woke up asking myself why President Edgar Lungu is campaigning for two Zambians to take senior decision making positions of the African Union(AU) at the upcoming summit? ‘Great Kalu’ should have taken a leaf from the Zambian President, who he heavily campaigned for during the last elections by endorsing and voting for Kalaba come rain or sunshine.
It is very strange that some right thinking Zambians have the energy to justify Kalu’s unbecoming behaviour. Kalusha and Kalaba share a lot in common such, as their heritage and history both having been born and bread in the same town of Mufulira on the Copperbelt.
Kalusha should have used his connections in making sure that he heavily campaigns for his young brother(Kalaba), as a sign of national loyalty.The 1988 African footballer of the year should begin to realize that he is no longer an individual but a national asset, whose personnel and professional behaviour affects us all.
Why do others seem good than our own brothers?I don’t really understand our problem we tend to be sell outs, how do we go out to vote other nationalities when we have our own left out. indeed it is a shame on Kalu’s conduct.Could it be that Kalu is jealous of Kalaba that he doesn’t want him to break any record than him?
This is surely an act of personnel ‘ego’ by our football flag bearer. Kalu should always remember that he is at Confederation of African Football(CAF) because of Zambia, a country whose inhabitants such, as Kalaba he voted against. His vote at CAF is not a personnel vote but an ambassadorial vote for all Zambians. It is clear that our brother has forgotten his roots and that he needs to be reminded that home is here.
I would like to therefore, appeal to the local football association to immediately withdraw its endorsement letter from Kalusha Bwalya for the Fifa committee because he has shown that he is ungrateful and appreciative of our national gesture and devoid of Zambian norms and culture. AFCON winning Herve Renard and former Chipolopolo coach gave Kalaba the deserved support yet his brother betrayed him.
‘He who laughs last laughs the loudest.’
Despiser signs off.