Comprehensive review needed for country's football


RE: “Zanzibar shock Rwanda in CECAFA Challenge Cup” (The New Times, December 6).

Do we really need to continue pouring our meager, hard-earned monies in this sport as it is now configured and (for lack of an appropriate word) led? Or should we scrap everything, including (no, especially) today’s leadership, and build from the grassroots?

We certainly have ample experience by now with the performance of Amavubi and our club representatives at the continental and sub-regional levels to conclude that our participation in all these tournaments is only to make up the numbers, rather than to win, except if we fluke it.

How can we have one of the sports’ (and other sports) most committed, enthusiastic and supportive leaders on the continent, and yet continuously turn in such consistently mediocre results?

In my view, a comprehensive review of how sports, especially football, is managed in this country is needed. A solution is long overdue.

Mwene Kalinda


There is no way they can win the two games. Our football level is very low these days due to lack of experience. The experience I am taking about is acquired from clubs. When clubs are not performing at international level, the national team gets affected as well.

Clubs like APR and Police should review their policies/strategies and recruit top foreign players so that local (nationals) players can learn from them. Those young boys have no competition in their clubs and this affects negatively their football development.