Football Cares

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar May 28, 2017 21:11

Football Cares

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By Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (May 28th 2017)

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Caring

Since we raised the situation of former Chipolopolo captain Emmy Musonda, football and sports journalists have rallied to support and encourage the stricken Musonda. Former Nottingham Forrest and England captain, Stuart Pearce (see Stuart Pearce MoS to Emmy Musonda) supported Musonda.

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The late Ugo Ehiogu was touched by Musonda’s plight and encouraged him not to lose hope. Ehiogu told Musonda that people in football cared about him (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOD8-40kREY). Recently, former Wimbledon and Nottingham Forrest goalkeeper – a record-breaker who has played in all six FIFA Confederations – Lutz Pfannenstiel called for football to actively help Musonda (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTI006QuiZQ). Like Pearce, Pfannenstiel has coached as well as worked as a pundit on football. That was a path Emmy had planned for, but lost out on through no fault of his own.

Pfannenstiel is not alone in calling for football to help Musonda. Chelsea legend and pioneer in the fight against racism in football, Paul Canoville, made a passionate plea for football to look after one of its own (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA9EXUORumM).

Forward Planning

Unlike many former players Emmy planned for his future, but he was robbed of the bright future he should have had. The accident caused by bad driving – a foolish overtaking manoeuvre – in 1993 injured some players, but left Musonda brain-damaged. His coaching career was over and he has never worked in football since.

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As former team-mate Beston Chambeshi, currently coaching Zambia’s Under-20 team at the World Cup in South Korea, acknowledged Emmy has a wealth football knowledge, but it is not being used (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKPSgqRjmdE). Chambeshi supported and encouraged Musonda and wants see football use that knowledge to help develop football (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKPLAJNULD0). We were pleased to bring the former team-mates in Zambia’s KK11 together again.

Media

Since the esteemed Chief Football Writer of the Times, Henry Winter, sent a message of encouragement to Musonda (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa02EICcQik), and made a donation to his welfare costs, other journalists have taken done so too. Keir Radnedge, the Football Commission Chairman of the AIPS (Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive) sent Emmy the following message (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePj8yjXxrFo).

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Sky Sports News presenter Roger Clarke, heard about Emmy’s situation and took time out from his preparations for the FA Cup Final to record a message telling him that football cared and loved him (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN1IOBe7tx0).

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar May 28, 2017 21:11