BBC Sport in Lusaka
No discussion of Zambia's football past is complete without mentioning Mufulira Wanderers.
Mighty Wanderers are not quite so mighty now
The Copperbelt club has won 10 national titles and 10 FA cups.
Their greatest achievement was reaching the semi-finals of the African Champions Cup in 1977.
The club has produced a cluster of stars like former African Footballer of the Year Kalusha Bwalya and Anderlecht midfielder Charles Musonda who is now a youth coach at Belgian first division side Gent.
Mufulira also developed the talents of the late Samuel Zoom Ndhlovu, the first African coach to have taken an African team to the quarter-finals of the Olympic Games.
Running the Zambian league without Mighty is like something illegal
Joseph Kawanu, Wanderers Supporter Club
But the team for the first time in 40 years the club finds itself outside the top league, having been relegated at the end of last season.
Several reasons have been cited for the fall of the
Wanderers, nicknamed 'Mighty' for their unmatched rich
Prominent among them is lack of support from their new sponsors,
Mopani Copper Mines, after privatisation in 1991.
Joseph Kawanu, a committee member for Lusaka based
supporters describes Mighty's demotion as "one of
worst things that has ever happened to Zambia."
"Running the Zambian league without Mighty is like something illegal. We have never
been known to play in division one," he said.
Bwalya was short of words when he discovered his
childhood club had been demoted.
"What has happened is like Manchester United getting
to division one or Bayern Munich being demoted. I
can't imagine the Zambian league without Mighty," he
said from his Holland base.
"The club has won everything that has been there to be
won. It is sad to me that such a thing has happened."
The club cannot expect any special treatment, in spite of its former status and rich history.
Zambia's FA general-secretary Paul
Simukoko sympathises, but says they have to sort things out for themselves.
"It's unfortunate that they have gone down. This is a
true reflection of the effects of privatisation on
"Everyone was aware that Wanderers were struggling
just to meet their fixtures. Things have just not been okay
for them financially."