“They had always known about Charles children for a long time, why now? And I talk to Charles [senior] everyday.
“He is the one that alerted me that Samataa, I have seen on Facebook that they have called the [lad] but no one has communicated to him or us. So that’s how I went to check the Facebook and saw what was there and we talked,” he told Post Online.
A section of Zambia soccer fraternity has in recent times been pushing for the inclusion of Musonda jnr into the country national soccer team.
The player who is currently starring for Spanish La Liga side Real Betis and has taken European football by storm because of his sublime skills that even Belgium soccer coach Marc Wilmots is considering including him in the country’s Euro 2016 squad.
Zambia FA officials are believed to have failed to approach the Musondas directly because of what happened in the past between the Real Betis blossoming midfielder father (Charles senior) and Kalusha Bwalya the current country soccer governing body president.
Musonda and Bwalya were the only surviving members of the Zambian team that perished in 1993 Gabon air disaster in which the entire members of Zambia soccer team, crew members and officials died. The dual were supposed to link up with fellow team mates later.
When Zambia was at the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Tunisia they sought the services of Charles Musonda but his club Anderlecht refused to release him because of what the Zambia FA had done by failing to assist him when he got injured while with the national team.
Musonda was injured while on national duty but the country FA failed to assist him with medical assistance during his injury instead the club was compelled to foot the medical bill because of the services he had rendered to the club.
“He was injured for a long time and Anderlecht decided to maintain him because of the work he had done for them,” said Samataa.
He said after Tunisia 94 the then Danish Coach Roald Poulsen made attempts to take back Musonda into the team’s fold but the then team captain Kalusha Bwalya resisted on the grounds that his teammate was not patriotic because he had danced to the tune of his employers.
Samataa who at the time FA acting president disclosed that when the FA again invited Musonda in 1996 during a game against Gabon the similar thing happened so he decided to throw in the towel.
He also claimed that he tried to reconcile Musonda senior with other team members after Anderlecht officials had denied permission him to represent his country at the 1994 Afcon.
“We called him again for the Gabon game that Gabon came two hours late. There was animosity again, and this time he was dropped from the team and he left, that’s it,” said Samataa.
He acknowledged Musonda had the right to feel abandoned and betrayed by his country, teammates and the football association for not allowing him chance to represent his country.
“Yes he was abandoned but that’s why some of us started the healing process when I briefly acted as president of FAZ in 1994,” he said.
Samataa accused Zambia FA officials of portraying Musonda in bad light to create impression that he is unpatriotic and bitter when they know that previously he once sacrificed his health to play for Chipolopolo with an injury.
“The man is not bitter, he talks to us. It’s simple question; why can’t people at Football House call him and tell the nation that ‘we called him and he refused?
“The minister goes to meet him and you rush to Facebook without contacting the player or his parent. What are you trying to prove? He queried. They want in few weeks from now to show that they are magnanimous. It’s not right,” he added.