Blog: A new football deal
The opinion expressed on this article does not reflect the views of ZamFoot. It’s a fan’s perspective!
What Zambia need is a Chipolopolo coach with fresh eyes and a different perspective. One with no connections or prior interactions to the players in the country nor the FAZ.
We need a young to middle aged European/Latin American coach with the requisite skill set and qualifications to instill discipline, tactical knowledge and ambition amongst the players.
A coach with zeal, Vision, ambition with a mighty SMALL EGO! A leader of men, who will not let a small or perceived slight affect his ego and alter the trajectory of the football nation.
Personal ambition or ego should take a backseat to team ambition and objectives.
Old beefs and slights should be forgiven, drawing boards discarded and rebuilding ostracized from our football lexicon. We need a new football deal!!
Apologies to Wedson Nyirenda, but he has his own issues with certain players, an oversized EGO and limited tactical acumen.
The two wins over Algeria (a team that was the weakest in the group) seemed to offer him respite and mask his obvious deficiencies but I was not moved by those victories.
If you really analyzed those games you would realize that if not for the profligate Algerian team, we should have lost both games. But sometimes luck is a coaches best friend!!
As it stands we are either going to waste this new golden generation of Enock Mwepu, Paston Daka, Fashion Sakala, Brian Mwila, Augustine Mulenga, Evans Kangwa, Lubambo Musonda and Emmanuel Banda etc or we will hire a true tactician with knowhow, a real visionary who can harness this talent and one who is able to manage men and turn our spiraling football fortunes around.
I watched Ivory Coast and Morocco on Saturday and I couldn’t believe these players were on the cusp on representing the continent at the World Cup.
We have players with more skill who played with better intent and as a team compared to those two nations. But they managed to find themselves in that situation because they have great leaders/coaches.
Despite the obvious lack of talent or skill for the most part (with a few exceptions) their respective coaches managed to get them in a situation where they were a win/Draw away from the World Cup.
Why? Well it all goes back to the beginning and how you prepare and start. It’s called having a plan!Zambia should have never lost to Nigeria last year at home nor should have they never lost to Mozambique if the Afcon qualifier.
It all starts with player selection and selecting the best men available to attain the objective. Let’s look the Nigeria game a month ago. Everyone understood our position and what the stakes were.
WE HAD CHANCE. If we had selected the very best players, a combination of the tried and tested together with the young stars against Nigeria recently we could have won or even got a draw and made things very very interesting!! But ask Wedson why he left out Kalaba, Sinkala, Fwayo, Lubambo or Kangwa but instead took the likes of Ngonga, Malama, Mbewe, etc?!
Ngonga alone is not national team material in my opinion.
But Wedson seems to pick him over players who are scoring and playing at a higher level in better leagues. So the question is why?? Honestly why??
Out predicament is not becaus of lack of player talent, it’s because of lack of management/coaching talent. We want to cut off our noses to spit our face.
You leave experienced and skillful players for less experienced and skillful players and then you tell me you are “rebuilding”?! The goal was always to rebuild? Rebuild what? Did the team crumble?? Was there not credible team/material? So what is he rebuilding? Some say trust the process We qualified to Chan? Is that a victory? Chan?!?!?!?
So long as we settle for mediocre leadership, reasoning and small victories we will keep rebuilding, developing and going back to drawing boards and hoping for miracles.
But if we speak truth to power, confront uncomfortable truths and admit that a coach/leader is not good enough or not up to par and then make those necessary changes we will continue to be useless.
YES wada is not good and up to the Job. He can’t and will never win the Afcon, Chan or qualify us to the Worldcip and this based on what I have seen.
He inspires Zero confidence in me. He is fighting his own battles and obviously has points to prove, but unfortunately the national football team is an innocent casualty of this process.
Maybe if he displayed a little humility, self introspection, understanding and forgiveness he could improve his lot. But unfortunately he seems to have an oversized ego and wants to prove something that unfortunately he can’t……….. sorry he is limited.
If I was the FAZ chief and brain trust I would do all in my power to get the funds necessary to hire a serious coach, otherwise this Faz admin is one and done! You get judged by your accomplishments and victories.
You are only as good as the team you have around you and what it has accomplished.
You know Kalusha is waiting in the wings to come back(god I hope not) and he will remind everyone and tell all about 2012 and how 2017(U20) was his foundation and accomplishments really and with him we can get back on top etc.
Remember Kalu brought Renard(I give him Kudos for that) and imagine what Renard would do with this crop talent! Faz, we need a new football deal! Get us a coach!
Kalaba, Sinkala, Kangwa, Lubambo, Chisamba……..someone is telling me these players can’t even make the best 22 in the Nation currently?!?! Really??
And we are supposed to take people serious?? Did you see the empty stands?! People will buy if they believe the best product is being delivered and if not see the empty stands!!!
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