ZAMBIA Army commander Lieutenant General Paul Mihova has directed the newly elected Green Buffaloes Football Club (GBFC) executive committee to revive the club.
Gen Mihova observed that for the past two seasons, the club did not perform as expected of a team with a rich history and good pedigree.
He said the army expected the new club executive to revive the club, adding that his desire was to see silverware displayed after the 2015 season.
Gen Mihova reminded those who were elected to put the interest of the soldiers and officers of the Zambia Army first as key stakeholders.
“If you have any personal interest, leave those with the desire to serve the team perform duties in the executive,” he said.
Gen Mihova urged the new executive to perform extremely well and thanked the outgoing executive for their services despite failing to perform better.
Those elected include club secretary Lt Col Joseph N’guni, vice secretary W011 Daniel Mwanza, team manager Capt. Tilt Hikasumpa and treasurer W011 Joseph Banda.
Committee members include W011 Eugene Katuta, W01 Christopher Mulenga, W01 Wishman Mukwemba and Mr Trust Kakoonde. Speaking in a statement read on his behalf by Col. Richard Mukamanga during the 2015 GBFC annual general meeting yesterday, Gen Mihova said the departure of Patrick Phiri last year also left the club in an awkward state.
He said the poor performance can be attributed to the instability of the technical bench following the high turnover of coaches.
He said Green Buffaloes faced a lot of challenges including lack of a permanent home ground, adding that it had a domino effect as the team was made to switch from Imboela stadium to Woodland Stadium due to unacceptable conditions that were imposed by Nkwazi football club management.
“The works at Independence camp house which were done by MES Squadron were incomplete. Further works need to be done so as to make the place conducive for habitation,” he said. Gen Mihova said the team suffered shortages of both training and playing kit although the corporate sponsor did their best to dress the team.
He said sources of funding also continued to be a constraint and the club could not afford to purchase quality civilian players from other clubs.
“The paucity of funds made the club miss the services of a gym, hence affecting the fitness required of a premier team,” he said.