SOCCER fans have called on Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to introduce incentives and a well-coordinated league for women football if Zambia is to do well in international engagements.
Zambia Soccer Fans Association (ZSFC) patron Peter Makembo said there were many factors affecting the performance of women football in Zambia, including lack of meaningful incentives.
Makembo said women football has been lagging behind in terms of sponsorship and it was time the new FAZ executive implemented the promises made during campaign period.
“These women are truly patriotic Zambians. They push hard although not receiving adequate sponsorship as compared to the men’s team. It is unfair to ask for good results when they are not well cared for.
“The new FAZ executive president Andrew Kamanga and his vice Richard Kazala promised to look into the plight of women.
‘‘This included the introduction of incentives such as winning bonuses and a well sponsored and coordinated league. It is time they did so or implemented all these things and give our women that motivation to fight hard,” he said.
He said there was need for FAZ to find ways of organising friendly games to keep the women in shape.
“The women have to wait for an international competition to play outside. I believe these women require exposure to reach the highest standard. We have a good national team but lagging behind in the area of experience,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chipolopolo Soccer Fans Association (CSFA) chairperson Yotham Mwanza has appealed to the corporate world to assist sponsor women soccer.
“FAZ should make frantic efforts to find a sponsor for our talented women. We have talent but it just needs to be enhanced. The girls have for a long time lacked motivation and I hope there will be some change,” Mwanza said.
He advised the senior Shepolopolo team not to give up despite not qualifying for the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations.
“They did their best but luck was not on their side. But that should not mean the end of a career. Let them remain focused and continue working hard at their respective clubs,” he said.