KABWE Warriors coach, Chintu Kampamba has called for patience from the club sponsors, Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) and supporters, stating that the poor run is a result of a rebuilding process the team is undergoing.
Kampamba promised that the team would eventually improve but that it could take longer than the fans expected.
He also appealed the sponsors to consider investing in a youth development structure at the club.
Speaking for the players at a special meeting with the ZRL chief executive officer, Muyenga Atanga, Kampamba admitted Warriors had found itself in an unfamiliar position of being bottom of the FAZ-MTN Premier Division League but stated that it was merely a phase.
He also called on the sponsors to increase its support so that the team could overcome some basic challenges it was facing such as non-availability of kit in form of match balls, proper training kit and track suits.
“We would like to thank you for showing support even when things are hard. We are presently rebuilding and we shall improve with time. We can only ask for patience and understanding. But as a team, we have our own challenges like kit,” he said.
Kampamba said Warriors were ambassadors for the railway company.
The Zambia assistant trainer also noted that there was also need for the club to invest in a youth structure, saying that was the only way success could be sustained at Godfrey Chitalu Stadium.
He said the current Warriors team was youthful and it was for a good reason.
But Atanga regretted the negative talk about the team but quickly assured Warriors that ZRL would remain committed to sponsoring the club both in good and bad times.
He promised the players that company would increase its sponsorship to the team and would continue to do so to ensure success at the Kabwe side.
“Be on a hill or trough, we shall be with you always. We understand your pains and we have heard your complaints and we shall work at gapping the holes. We shall be with you until success comes back to Kabwe. Even if it will take five years, we shall be with you,” he said.
Atanga had on Monday met the Warriors executive where he announced that the company had set aside K500,000 for refurbishing of the club house and reinforcing the team which was on the basement of the Premier Division league.
Warriors, who at the weekend picked up their first win of the season, are on five points alongside Roan United but are disadvantaged by an inferior goal difference.
Times of Zambia