Luchanga not for sale

LUSAKA Dynamos Football Club secretary Madalisto Kamanga has said  sensational Conlyde Luchanga was not for sale because the striker needed more time to mature.

South African giants Orlando Pirates have expressed interest in buying enterprising striker Conlyde Luchanga of Lusaka Dynamos, four days after the youngster’s sensational performance with the Chipolopolo Boys last Saturday.

Kamanga told the Daily Nation yesterday that Orlando Pirates are one of two leading South African clubs, including Super Sport United, who want to buy the player.

He said the club is not prepared to release Luchanga at the moment because rushing the player into big league soccer would be unfair as he may not be able to handle the pressure at that level.

“ Luchanga is not for sale now although Orlando Pirates and Super Sport United have expressed interest in the striker. We have received enquiries from  big local clubs too,” he said.

“But we feel he is still growing as a footballer. There are many players that have been rushed to a higher level and later became a shadow of their own talent. Lusaka Dynamos still want to develop him by giving him more game time,” he said.  He said there is stiff competition at international clubs and Dynamos do not want to see Luchanga benched simply because he failed to perform in two or three games.

“The focus is now for him to prove himself at national level. If the fans noticed, he was introduced in the last 20 minutes of the game against Mozambique, which was very good. He needs to now work on playing 45 minutes,” he said.

Kamanga however said Lusaka Dynamos may consider to transfer Luchanga to a club that could agree to loan him for the next two seasons.  He expressed confidence that Luchanga  could be one of Zambia’s best strikers if nurtured well. Luchanga came from the bench to score Zambia’s second goal against Mozambique in the 80th minute in a CHAN final round first leg qualifier played at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium last Saturday.