NOVERMBER 3rd, 2018.
NAPSA DIRECTOR GENERAL CONGRATULATES NAPSA STARS FOR SURVIVING RELEGATION
For immediate release
NATIONAL Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) Director General Yollard Kachinga has paid glowing tribute to Napsa Stars Football Club board, management and players for working hard and staying in the FAZ Super League despite the challenges they encountered during the 2018 soccer season.
Speaking during the end of season dinner hosted for the team at Hilton Garden Inn Hotel on Saturday evening, to convey the Authority’s appreciation, Mr Kachinda said the resiliency exhibited by the players to remain in the FAZ Super League was tremendous and deserves recognition.
At a colourful ceremony which was also attended by Director Contributions and Benefits Mr Mason Mwiinga, Director Strategy and Business Performance Mr Ronnie Kamanya and former Napsa Stars FC Secretary Mr Owen Chimpinde, Mr Kachinda said NAPSA management acknowledges the effort the team put in, to ensure the NAPSA flag was flown high.
The Director General was categorical in urging the team to perform better in next year’s league and threw the challenge to them to scoop the MTN/FAZ Super League, which will give them the right to participate in the 2019 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League.
He, however, expressed delight that the team survived jaws of relegation when some pessimists had written off the team as relegation-bound but they rose to the challenge to prove the doomsayers wrong.
Mr Kachinda said, although the team survived relegation to Division One, he was not fully impressed with the performance, which saw the team finish 14th on the log, when early indications gave the Authority strong hope of finishing better this year. He stressed that NAPSA belongs to the top four on the log.
“The current standing on the table is not good enough. We are a big team and our place is supposed to be among the top four. The club board has been given a very clear mandate of taking the team where they should take it, and management will support their efforts to ensure that they restore pride to this great team,” Mr Kachinda said.
He said NAPSA management took note of transport woes the team used to find itself in and announced that a 72-seater bus has been purchased to address transport hiccups. The bus is expected to be handed over to the team before the end of this month.
Mr Kachinda also reminded the audience that management is aware of what role sports plays in national development as it contributes to keeping the population healthy and productive.
And NAPSA Stars FC Chairman Zingani Phiri thanked the DG for his time with the team saying the event was to enable reflect on the just ended season and chart the way forward.
Mr Phiri said, moving forward, his executive has set out clear objectives for the team, among them, the improvement of quality football administration and team performance and the top four target during the 2019 soccer season.
The club Chairman also thanked coach Mohamed Fathi’s led technical bench for helping the team avoid the jaws of relegation after a gruelling first half of the season that had left the team gasp for air, and for helping turn-around the fortunes at the club.
And team captain Dickson Chapa thanked the DG for his time with the team and promised that everyone in the team would ensure they fight for the league championship in the coming season, and not fight for relegation as the case was in the just ended season.
Meanwhile the club has acquired the services of former Lusaka Dynamos FC centre back Eric Kabulo on a two-year permanent deal.
The club has through head coach Mohamed Fathi, believes Kabulo will bring value to the team with his massive experience in the game.
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