THERE is nothing as satisfying as being honoured when you are still alive and not posthumously, says former Chipolopolo and Nkana midfielder Jericho Shinde.
Shinde, 59, fondly known as ‘Tanker’ in his playing days, has since thanked the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) for recognising his services to the Zambian football.
He was conferred with the FAZ life membership alongside former Power Dynamos winger Peter Kaumba, Lusaka Dynamos proprietor Hanif Adams, FAZ referees manager Kabungo Katongo, and Zambia Sports Fans Association (ZASOFA) patron Peter Makembo for their distinguished service to the nation.
The FAZ Council unanimously agreed that the five be awarded honorary membership at the annual general meeting on Saturday.
Shinde in an interview said he was happy that his recognition had come at God’s appointed time.
“I am greatly honoured to have been conferred with FAZ life membership. I thank all the people who were involved and the current FAZ administration under Andrew Kamanga. This is how it should be done and not wait until the demise of someone,” he said.
He advised the current crop of players to put the heart into the game and not always expecting something in return.
“Passion is important in a game of football. Let the young boys play with their lives and one day, someone will recognise their work,” he said.
Shinde was a star player for the Rhokana United (now Nkana) in the 70s and 80s.
He won four league titles with the Kitwe giants and also played for the national team from 1981 to 1987.
He has coached Power Dynamos, Kalulushi Modern Stars and Nkana among others.