Nakambala Leopards’ future in the Zambia Super League is hanging in the balance the ZamFoot Crew understands.
The Sugar Boys have not yet started training despite Government and FAZ giving a go-ahead back in June. The team is still awaiting clearance from the sponsors’ health department.
The Sugar Boys are scheduled to play Buildcon tomorrow at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in a rescheduled week 22 encounter and according to sources, the team is unlikely to travel as they were still in Mazabuka at the time this article was being published.
A source close to the team has dispelled rumors that Zambia Sugar is thinking of pulling out of their sponsorship deal. The source clarified that the company instead worried that if a player is found to be positive it may lead to the closure of the Sugar plant which may affect more lives as the majority of the people in Mazabuka depend on the Sugar Estate for their livelihood.
“The Company is still very much committed to sponsoring the team but they are worried that if a player gets infected the Estate may be forced to close which will affect the majority of the town,” the source said.
“Keep in mind that all the Nakambala Leopards players stay in the Zambia Sugar Estate within the radius of the company and if one tests Positive, Don’t you think it might affect the companies State?”
Zambia Sugar is willing to continue paying the players and let the team be relegated to not put the lives of the majority in Mazabuka at risk.
The Sugar Boys are scheduled to play their first match after the Coronavirus induced break against Buildcon in Ndola tomorrow at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium. The Mazabuka based outfit is third from bottom with just 17 points to their name after 24 rounds of matches