Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) and the corporate world have been urged to urgently consider financially assisting former national soccer team defender Emmy Musonda who has had his leg amputated following a bout with diabetes.
Musonda, 58, who had his left leg amputated last year, has since been struggling to make ends meet and soccer fan Boyd Shakumbila said the association should assist the former KK 11 defender.
“He greatly contributed to the development of football in the country and FAZ should urgently look into his plight and assist. It is unfortunate that Musonda is now not able to play his favourite sport,” Shakumbila said.
He said since the amputation Musonda has not received any financial assistance from the local soccer governing body despite featuring prominently for the national team for several years.
“Emmy is not in good shape and needs urgent help. There is no need to wait until that fateful day to praise him after he passes on when he can be helped while he is alive. He needs a wheel chair. It is sad that we fail to take care of our own,” he said.
He called on the players to urgently form a players’ union which would be the best way to help those who retire or get injured while playing for club or country.
“The players’ union is needed to look into matters like this. The former players never made money but played for passion. We need to come together and help our own,” Shakumbila said.
Emmy Musonda is a Zambian soccer great who was part of the legendary KK 11 national team that won a bronze medal at the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations in Libya.