FORMER Nkana coach Jericho Shinde has advised Nkana striker Reynolds ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba not to rush for a professional career.
Meanwhile, Shinde has urged newly-crowned 2013 MTN-FAZ league champions, Nkana coach Masautso Mwale to commence preparations for the 2014 CAF champions’ league immediately.
Nkana clinched the continental spot after winning the Premier Division League title for the 12th time with 59 points, two ahead of runners-up Zesco.
In an interview yesterday, Shinde tipped league top scorer, Kampamba who netted 18 goals in the 2013 season, as being one of Zambia’s successful players in future and advised him not rush for an international move.
His comments come after the prolific striker expressed his interest to play professional football after guiding his team to their 12th league title.
He said Kampamba was a great player for Nkana, but that he needed to transform into a fully-fledged player before he could seek greener pastures abroad.
Shinde also implored players to remain disciplined and focused during the off-season, saying playing continental football required a focused side.
The former Nkana midfielder, who played for the Wusakile boys in the 1970s before becoming a coach, said Nkana was capable of producing shocking results on the continent.
He said the fact that Nkana would be playing continental football next year was an important achievement but advised Mwale to go another mile by ensuring that the team was adequately prepared.
He said it would be important for the team to commence preparations early to ensure that they remained in shape ahead of the CAF games which begin early next year.
“We are very happy that Nkana emerged champions in the 2013 league that was very competitive, but I think the real work must begin now in readiness for continental football. Coach Mwale and the team’s sponsors should start preparations now.
“As for Kampamba, he should wait until he is ripe before he can seek prospects abroad. Players that have been rushed into playing professional football have ended up failing; he is young with a great future ahead, his focus now should be to improve,” he said.