The progress by Zesco United football club in the Champions League is seemingly getting to the head of coach George Lwandamina. Lwandamina yesterday threatened to physically harm out a Times of Zambia sports reporter called Sam Lukhanda whom he verbally abused.
The former Mufulira Wanderers defender is enjoying a good spell at Zesco United this season where the team has reached the CAF Champions League semi-finals, the first time in the history of the country since the format was introduced.
That feat makes Lwandamina believe his team is flawless and deserves no correction so when Lukhanda assessed the Ndola’s performance ahead of their final group match against Wydad Casablanca which eventually ended in a 1-all draw, portions of his write up did not go down well with Lwandamina.
Apparently, Lwandamina had snubbed a mandatory pre-match press briefing on Tuesday. When Lukhanda made mention of the coach’s behaviour, he drew the wrath of the coach whom locals refer to as “Chicken”.
An onlooker tells Zambia Reports that Lwandamina waylaid Lukhanda in the lobby as Zesco United players headed for warm up but was only prevented by police and some other people.
Lwandamina now wants to be sent a letter to address a press briefing that is mandatory in all competitions. And for that, he snubbed the Tuesday briefing so no journalist should question his behaviour.
“You want to kill me using your pen,” Lwandamina yelled at Lukhanda as he charged towards the direction of the reporter as he rumbled some verbal abuse. “Chi**l* twaku sunga pa trip elyo ule lemba ifyobe [insult…we took care of you on our trip, now you start writing your own stuff]. Tomba noko ndekupono, twangishiba ine [insult…I can beat you…you don’t know me].”
Zesco United will face South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns after reaching Africa’s prestigious club semi-finals.
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