Words of encouragement have been offered for Zambian stars who are struggling at Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates respectively.
In his first season in the Absa Premiership, Zambian striker Lazarous Kambole has struggled for regular game-time under Ernst Middendorp at Chiefs and apparent loss of form, while his countrymen at Pirates, Justin Shonga, Augustine Mulenga and Austin Muwowo have also found the going tough.
Former Pirates midfield star Isaac Chansa has offered words of encouragement to his countrymen at the Soweto giants.
“The reason is a simple one. You know I would say time matters. Even some of us when we went to South Africa it didn’t just click from there, we had to learn the culture of football, the teams, and the culture of the PSL. Obviously, even the coaches told is us we have signed you guys because we have seen something in you, you are great players but right now, you have to learn,” Chansa has been quoted on lusakatimes.com.
“So, what I can say to the guys is it is not like they have failed, it is just a matter of time. I will give you an example of Mwape Musonda, the striker at Black Leopards. He initially signed at Pirates and everyone thought he was a bad player. But it was not the right time for him to start clicking and it goes back to the same thing I was saying; you have to learn and you have to click at the right time,” Chansa added.
“So Musonda went to Golden Arrows on loan and then people started seeing the Musonda they were expecting to see at Pirates. He then went to Black Leopards and now he is a big player and Mamelodi Sundowns want to buy him and Kaizer Chiefs also want to buy him – every team in South Africa wants to buy him.
“Why? Now he has learnt the culture of South African football,” he said.
“So they must just focus, work hard, and they must know what they have gone to do there. It is to play football, obviously make their names, and make money, and represent Zambia well,” added the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winner.
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