FOOTBALL analyst Simataa Simataa says Augustine Okocha’s advice to Zambian players urging them to seek greener pastures in Europe is timely.

Okocha, a former Nigerian International with club careers at European giants Paris St Germain, Bolton Wonderers among others, said it was time for Zambian players to take up new challenges in Europe.

He said playing for European clubs will bring a trickledown effect on the national team of the country.

Simataa supports Okocha’s opinion and suggested that Zambian players needed to take up new challenges and should continue working hard to attract attention from European Clubs.

“Zambian players must strive to get European opportunities, because there is a huge difference between African and European leagues in many respects,” Simataa said.

Simataa however cautioned players to be careful in accepting European offers as they may end up at clubs that may not use them or embrace them.

He added that there was needed for European experience in terms of playing football and not just change of environment.

Simataa Simataa also wished former Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) communication officer Eric Mwanza on his appointment at Confederation of African Football (CAF).

He said Erick Mwanza’s contribution to Zambian football cannot be questioned especially in the area of club licensing.

‘’There comes a time when as a person you need to make an adjustment in your life, Eric was just an employee at FAZ just like others who are still working there,’’ he said.

Simataa however cautioned people not to scandalize Mr Mwanza’s resignation from FAZ as it was normal for people to seek greener pastures.

Simataa was speaking in an interview with Lusaka Star sports.




Hamatan Kachabe

Kachabe Hamatan is a fourth year student of Media Studies at the University of Zambia. He has keen interest in current affairs with specific focus on politics and sports.