2 January 2013

Zambia: Hands-Off Rodrick Kabwe, Warriors Warns

PROMOTED MTN-FAZ Premier Division League side, Kabwe Warriors has accused Power Dynamos of tapping up their prized captain Rodrick Kabwe.

Warriors has in turn sent a strong warning to Power who are trying to snatch Kabwe, saying the left-footed player is to Warriors what Mukuka Mulenga is to the Kitwe side.

Warriors chairperson, Andrew Kamanga said it was disturbing to hear reports that other clubs were after its players when the team's aim in this off-season was strengthen its depth.

Power is one club reported to be chasing after Kabwe who was given a full senior national team debut two weeks ago when Zambia lost 1-0 to Tanzania in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) friendly match where he featured on the left back position.

"Rodrick is not going anywhere, he is a very important member of our team and we aim to strengthen our team and not weaken it. If any team wants him, they should come with the right offer and since this is the first time Power is pursuing him, they can have him if they give us Mukuka Mulenga," he said.

He said in modern day football, every player was for sale but only at the right price.

Kamanga said if there was any club wanting any players from Warriors, they should go and talk to the executive and not 'tapping-up' players like had been the case in the local league.

Warriors last year won promotion back to the Super Division as Division One South league champions after a roller coaster year and were joined in the Premier Division by Nkwazi on a drama-filled last day of the season that also had Kafue Celtic in the mix.

The 'Railmen' also made the quarter-finals of the Barclays Cup where they were beaten by Power Dynamos in an exciting match in which Kabwe starred and outshone Mulenga.

Zambia coach Herve Renard has also offered the Warriors midfielder hope after he said the player is still in his plans despite failing to make the provisional AFCON squad.

And his efforts in leading Warriors back to the Premier Division was rewarded with a senior national team call up and put on a promising 90 minutes performance for Zambia in the African champion's loss in Tanzania.

"I think he has very good potential, I think he has a good future and his time will come. It was not easy for him because I tried to change his position that means he is not very comfortable in this position," Renard said.

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