By Punch Chama
A new season has began with clubs beginning the preseason.
With a new year upon us many fans thought that clubs like Buildcon FC who had 21 foreign players on their roster would drop most of them after they failed a top 4 finish.
Some fans thought that it was now time for Buildcon to focus solely on Local players.
But Buildcon seem to have another plan and already they are shaping up having acquired two of the topscorers in Uganda in Hood Kaweesa and Fahad Bayo as well as signing Zimbabwean defender Patson Jaure and the entertaining Nqobizitha Masuku to name a number of their foreign acquisitions.
Word is that Buildcon have released a number of their players including Jonas Sakuwaha, Richmond Adondo and Fidel Bosanja as well as Congolese striker Maisha Chavda opting to join Zanaco instead of extending his loan at Buildcon from TP Mazembe.
The club continues to be aggressive in the Zambian market attempting to sign a number of the Zambian Leagues top players but it continues to struggle with challenges of release clauses and huge costs which saw most potential deals not materialising.
Buildcon still managed to sign a number of Zambian players though as Isaac Shamujompa, Lawrence Chungu and Chanda Mushili who are all with Zambia’s CHAN squad have joined just to name a few Zambian players.
Its not known currently how many foreign players Buildcon will have but it won’t be surprising if they will have around 13 with as many locals.
Such a compliment of foreign players comes as no surprise for a club that wants to be part of Africa’s best clubs with CAF Champions League winners Wydad Casablanca having 11 foreign born players while Caf Confederations Cup winners TP Mazembe had 16 foreign players last season.
With the 2019 CAF Competition starting immediately after the 2018 edition Buildcon seem to be preparing for a long two back to back seasons and have added a lot of depth to keep them going for two years and to gell by the time the club hopefully participates in the 2019 edition.
A major hope is that the club will start managing to acquire top players in Zambia as well as good upcoming Zambian players and its already becoming evident that its no childs play to break into the Buildcon side.
The club has also really helped increase the competitiveness of the league and also turned heads even from those previously not interested in the Zambian Super League as some fans even watch Buildcon just to see them lose while they are also growing a fanbase in Zambia from those fans excited to see top African league players playing in the ZSL as well as fans from countries where the players come from.
At the end of the day the Buildcon project has made many clubs inside and outside of Zambia sit up and take notice and it has really helped revitalise interest in the Zambian League and over the course of time many will see that its a good one.