Zambia’s most successful sports man Samuel Matete is pessimistic about Zambia’s potential to reap medals from the ongoing 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
The Commonwealth Games kicked off in Glasgow on Wednesday with 4,700 athletes from 71 countries taking part in 17 sporting disciplines.
In an interview from Kitwe, Matete said Zambians should not expect too much from local athletes especially runners.
The 1994 Commonwealth Games gold medalist said Zambian athletes have not been prepared adequately for them to reap medals in Glasgow.
“Our preparations have been bad we have not prepared well going into the Commonwealth Games,” Matete said.
Zambia is competing in athletics, boxing, swimming, badminton, squash and bowling among other sporting disciplines.
“We just camped our athletes in Europe for less than three months and our expectations look too high than what we have put in as a country,” he said.
Matete won a gold medal at the 1991 World Championships and was twice silver medalist at the same event.
“It takes years of preparations to win medals; you can’t just wake up today and say that I am going to win a medal,” he added.
“The best we can do is to wish our athletes the best as they get exposure from Scotland.”
Matete is Zambia’s most decorated sportsman after winning silver in the 400 hurdles at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
He also won a Commonwealth gold medal at the 1994 Club Games held in Victoria, Canada.
Other honors include gold at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo before collecting silver in subsequent events held in 1993 and 1995 in Stuttgart, Germany and Gothenburg, Sweden.
Matate also holds the current African 400 meters Hurdles record of 47.10 second that he set at a meet in Zürich, Switzerland in 1991.