Lwandamina to earn US$18,000


ZESCO United head coach George Lwandamina is reported to have been offered US$18,000 monthly salary by the Tanzanian league champions Young Africans Football Club where he was reported to have gone over the weekend to sign a two-year contract. Lwandamina appeared yesterday on the Zesco technical bench during a league match but was tight-lipped and refused to talk about his future. Zesco went on to lose 1-0 to police outfit Nkwazi in a rescheduled Super League Week 23 match played at Edwin Imboela Stadium in Lusaka. The Zesco head coach was over the weekend reported to have sneaked out of the country for talks with Yanga officials in Dar es Salaam and was reported to be on the verge of signing a contract. It was learnt yesterday that the rich Tanzanian super division club has offered the former Chipolopolo coach a monthly salary of US$18,000 with other perks if he moved to Dar es Salaam in the near future. It was not clear whether Lwandamina will serve the remainder of his contract at Zesco up to the end of the year or he will opt to leave immediately for Dar es Salaam. Zesco club management have warned Lwandamina he risked severe consequences should he breach the contract. In a media statement on Tuesday, Zesco said Lwandamina has a three-year running contract which expires in January 2017 and the club had not entered into negotiations to have the contract extended. “Zesco United would like to state that indeed if these media reports are true, Lwandamina will be in breach of contract with the club; we believe he is a professional and is expected to behave as such,” acting general secretary Richard Mulenga said. Lwandamina refused to give his side of the story in a post-match interview yesterday and only commented on the performance of the team against Nkwazi. Meanwhile, ZESCO’s target of storming third place on the log was cut short by Nkwazi when Mwila Kabwe scored the only goal in the 36th minute. The first half was tightly contested with both teams exchanging possession although ZESCO wasted some scoring chances. Jesse Were, Mwelwa Mwape and John Ching’andu denied Zesco the much needed three points to consolidate their quest for the title. In the second half, Zesco’s performance was average and the policemen held firm to their 1-0 lead. Lwandamina said the team conceded a silly goal and wasted many scoring chances.  He however said the team must put behind the loss and focus on the remaining games. Zesco maintained fourth spot with 50 points, 15 behind leaders Zanaco.  Nkana is second with 60 points while third placed Power Dynamos has 53.