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Kitwe United In Financial Woes, Promotion Race In Limbo


Zambian club, Kitwe United is said to be in financial crisis.

The development is believed to be threatening its promotion race.

It’s captain, Moses Lolozi, is reported to have expressed fears over Kitwe City Council’s decision to stop funding to Chingalika.

He accordingly believes the decision to halt funding will adversely impact the club’s momentum to secure promotion back to the FAZ Super Division.

The Kitwe City Council is reported to have stopped funding Chingalika.

That was after the club was registered as a private firm.

The Council justified its decision on the fact that Local Government regulations in Zambia forbids councils from funding private firms.

As a result, Kitwe is said to be failing to pay players monthly wages and winning bonuses.

In an interview in Kitwe, Lolozi says players want the funding impasse to be resolved urgently.

“This issue of sponsorship has negatively affected us as players. We have not been paid for about four months and when you talk about winning bonus we have just been paid once. Now how can we live, how can we survive and pay rentals,” he says.

“Football is a physical sport, you need energy to train. With these problems you won’t have the concentration to train, it will affect you emotionally, physically and mentally,” the star defender lamented.

The Buchi Boys are fourth on the FAZ National Division League with 45 points from 22 matches played.

As at week 24, Kitwe, who have two un-played games, are two points behind leaders Prison Leopards.

“We just hope and pray that this issue will be resolved so that it does not affect our plan to go to the Super Division. Such issues will deteriorate the player’s motivation. We need support and motivation for us to concentrate,” Lolozi said.

Kitwe were demoted from the Super Division last year during the transitional season.

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