Chiyangi: Local coaches can take up Chipolopolo job
Chipolopolo stand-In coach Aggrey Chiyangi believes that there is nothing wrong with a local coach taking up the Chipolopolo job as long as they are empowered with top grade training.
Chiyangi was speaking after Monday’s morning training session at Miller Grounds, when he was put on the spot by local journalists on the possibility of the Chipolopolo job being taken over by a local coach.
“If you want somebody to be in charge of something, you need to prepare that person,” the Green Eagles coach said
“Have you done that? We really need to invest in people if we want them to take the positions that are very key in the country,” he added
Chiyangi said the country needed to invest in local coaches so that they can take-over the mantle from foreigners.
“It is very important, we have so many coaches in Zambia who can take over the national team. What is important is to invest in them,”
He is currently drilling the local Chipolopolo assemblage that is scheduled to participate at the 2019 COSAFA Tournament and is yet to name his final 20-member squad ahead of the tournament which kicks-off on May 25 in Durban South Africa.
Zambia will join at the quarter-final stage on June 2 with a clash against the winners of Group B which has Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles and Malawi.
Chiyangi, an AFCON silver medallist was roped in after Belgian trainer Sven Vandenbroeck was axed following Zambia’s failure to qualify to AFCON in Egypt.
The Belgian was on performance-based contract and was tasked to qualify the Chipolopolo to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations which will be held in Egypt.
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