NKANA president Everisto Kabila has angrily dismissed assertions that players are not paid winning bonuses describing them as ‘nonsense.’
Reports swelled last week leading to yesterday’s game against NAPSA Stars alleging that the team’s recent poor performances were due to non-payment of their previous winning bonuses by the club.
Media reports quoting anonymous sources said players were owed K13,000 each in winning bonuses from both local and international assignments.
But Kabila described the reports as rubbish and being circulated by enemies of the club in a bid to destroy the team.
“It’s nonsense, it’s criminal minds that want to sabotage the club. Our winning bonuses are sponsored. We have a sponsorship of about US$65,000 just for winning bonuses and only US$5,000 has been used, US$60,000 is there to be paid for the wins the team is going to get, so where are these claims coming from?” Kabila wondered.
“It’s insulting to our sponsors Mopani and other corporates who have entrusted their resources at very difficult economic times to be told that they have failed to pay a winning bonus when we don’t owe players. That’s an insult. People must find better things to do. Don’t play with the club, don’t play politics with the club.”
He warned supporters to be careful not to be used by what he called disgruntled elements working for agents to destabilise the club during the transfer window.
“We saw this during the Walter Bwalya saga, people saw an opportunity to cash in and the same bloggers without facts peddled all sorts of lies but where is Walter today? And I want to warn members of my executive if any of you is involved in this, I will flush you out because the team is passing through a rough patch due to fatigue,” said Kabila. “The players have played six games in 10 days, which club even in Europe plays football like that? So they need the support of everyone at the club not these disturbances. Journalists and these bloggers need to get facts straight. Our team is depleted with injuries. Surely, how can a team that managed to play CAF games up to quarter finals with all logistics intact fail to pay a winning bonus? What is a winning bonus? It’s annoying to see people write about things they don’t understand. We have no crisis at the club, we are okay and already mobilising for next season.”
Nkana have drawn four games, lie seventh on the table in stream B of the transitional league and are in danger of missing out on CAF qualification.