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Chiyangi shows us we are not ready for a local coach

When Wedson Nyirenda imploded and self-destructed due to some arrogance of not choosing certain players who were doing well at club level and were wanted by fans, and, at the same time, insisting on other players who were clearly technically and tactically inept but loved by the self-same coach, a debate arose as to whether Zambia was ready for a local coach or not. The opponents of local coaches will for now hold their heads up while we flounder in the football wastelands and wilderness while Zimbabwe and Namibia are improving, while the proponents for a local coach should be gnashing their teeth after today’s showing. Clearly we are not ready to have a Zambian coach to coach Chipolopolo.

When Sven was leaving, the two local coaches touted as the best were Aggrey CHIYANGI and Numba Mumamba. With Green Eagles finishing the transitional league as the best team based on points tally, CHIYANGI is currently the best fit to coach Zambia. But has his selection and indeed his team’s display against minnows Malawi anything to sing home about? I think no. I will take the gamble and I will stick by that view whether we win the COSAFA Cup or not.

Zambia has been humiliated by Zimbabwe in two consecutive finals before last year’s shambolic outing. By all scores, we should be taking the COSAFA Cup seriously since we are perrenial failures to make the AFCON and World Cup. Seriousness starts with selection of players. Granted that no two coaches can have the same team selected given a chance, some principles should remain the same when selecting players for national duty.

First point, the players must be among the best performing players in the local or foreign league they play in. Secondly they should be playing for clubs that are doing well in their league and are fighting for honours. Thirdly there has to be a chance of chemistry among the selected players. We can’t just have a bunch of the best players. We need the best team.

With that said, why would a coach have a midfield of Benson Sakala, Austin Muwowo and Webster Muzaza? These three were not the best midfielders in the league save for Muwowo and they played for teams that struggled in the league. What happened to recruiting midfielders that did well in the league such as Kelvin Mubanga, Paul Katema, George Simbayambaya, Clement Mundia and Marvin Jere? What happened to John Ching’andu or if we wanted to strengthen it Clatous Chamas, Salulani Sakala and Donashano Malama? Our selection should be systematic. I suspect Chiyanga wanted players he coached before at Nkana, Eagles and – did he coach at – Power (Benson)? So local coaches for me won’t do because selection is not objective.

Let me substantiate.

Is COSAFA meant for young players or upcoming players or senior players? I don’t get the point of leave George Chilufya at home if you are playing Adrian Chama. Both are older players, the difference is that Chama struggled in the league and he has even been made captain while Chilufya was excellent and is home. If we are choosing based on age, let open it to everyone if Chama qualifies and that allows the likes of Sydney KALUME to play. Kalume was excellent albeit I would go with Simbayambaya or Katema or Clement Mundia.

Coming to the game, I am ok with Sebastian Mwange. He is very good keeper. He was jittery today and it happens when you debut. I was also ok with Thandi Mwape and Adrian Chama. Mwila Phiri was our best player. Gift Zulu doesn’t deserve to be in that team. He played in a struggling Nkana. Pick a right back from Paul Banda, Taonga Bwembya, Solomon Sakala, Shemmy Mayembe, Jimmy Nakena etc. Zulu has no pace, football sense, good cross like Mwila Phiri or height for set pieces.

Benson Sakala is slow and he has been culpable for many goals Power have conceded this season. The coach can’t play him against Zimbabwe. Surely with Tafadzwa Rusike, Billiat and Musoka this will be a massacre. Muzaza is not ready. He was making silly mistakes and his foul led to the second goal in a needless situation. Why play Muzaza when Austin Muwowo can play 8 and you can bring in Chitiya Mususu? Mususu was a revelation of this season and deserves to start. Bruce also deserves to start. Musakanya should play on the left, Mususu 10, Tapson or Kambole 9 and Kambole or Altezza 7. Alternatively, play Lawrence Chungu at left back and put Mwila Phiri on the right wing where he can cut inside and shoot.

I can go on and on but clearly we don’t have local coaches who will make objective selections for the national team and will also read a game and make timely subs without looking at faces. Our coaches need to be open minded.

A player scores and seconds later he is substituted? Like really?

And President Andrew Kamanga, aren’t you ambitious enough to want to win COSAFA? Why send a weak team to COSAFA and stronger one to useless friendlies that won’t bring honours? Isn’t it time you won a senior trophy in your reign? If I was the FAZ president, I would decree that coaches send strong teams to COSAFA. Why are we always rebuilding without finishing? Where are the players we rebuilt with two years ago like Lubinda Mundia, Silwimba, Mwansa Nsofwa etc? Why is Collins Sikombe at home? Paul Simpemba?

Anytime let’s hear the reactions and comments.

 






21 Comments to Chiyangi shows us we are not ready for a local coach

  1. Dickson Zulu says:

    True I agree with you

  2. Sydney says:

    That’s true local coaches we still have a long way ,even the ones they picked by beston to play friendlies not on merit .Mr kamanga should look into all these issues, thats why kalu was advising him to concentrate on local football.

  3. John says:

    Since Zambia failed to qualify for the afcon this cup is supposed to be taken seriously. Andrew kamanga and his coach send this pathetic team. Then they tell us we are preparing for CHAN. Who told Kamanga and chiyangi that CHAN is a tournament worth preparing for? Instead of telling us that they are preparing for afcon 2021 and Qatar 2022 they tell us we are prepping for chan without shame. Local coaches have failed. You have no left back in your local league but you fail to bring back an experienced guy like mbola. Why continue to leave out mbola? Zambia has so much talent abroad like the young mwiya malumo the likes of Frankie chisenga and valance who can be wooed to play for Zambia. Evans kangwa is on holiday in Zambia from his Russian club and you keep ignoring such players so that you can select your boys from green eagles. Let’s be serious with team selection. These local coaches have a hidden agenda towards selection. A lot of them are just trying to market their players and sell them off to PSL clubs. Their selection is filled with hatred and not objective. Kamanga is also not serious in scouring the leagues of Europe for Zambian talent that can play for Zambia. Look at zim they have brought in darikwa from Nottingham forest. Their FA have scoured the leagues of Europe for zim connected players. You kamanga bring in the likes of muzaza a total failure in a big international match.

  4. Nazo says:

    That is why i wanted Larry Bwalya or Kelvin Kampamba in the middle of the pack in order have creative play which Zambia was lacking.Let’s hope we will improve against Zimbabwe.

    • Charles M says:

      Clearly,current local coaches have inadequacies to handle the nation team starting from player selection to team performance continuity. Skilĺ must a key factor for selection so that only technical and tactical are instilled in the team together with hard work and commitment. Skill and creativity are essential requirements for midfielder to always read movements of stŕikers but out smart opponents. None of these are with Benson Sakala and Muzaza. But players like Larry Bwalya, Kelvin Kampamba Mubanga overlooked dèspite having these qualities. Also Chama at back does not command his defence line well and help new young defenders develop confidence. Instead he easiy panicks under pressure as seen by stray headers and passes to opponents. Hence the panìcking also seen in defenders like Gift Zulu and no.4. Up front, a player like Fwayo with great talent is going to waste and it is really not good. Coaches and team managers should take interest and help him overcome his FRUSTRATIONS so that he makes it back to the nation team. He has the talent the country needs. For sure a foreign coach with credible experience
      though expensive is all we need to improve our performance at national level and become dominant again

  5. Chindika Popeye Nguni says:

    It’s true our local coaches are not ready to coach the national team

  6. Nostra says:

    I am laughing because I thought I wrote this analysis of game. I don’t know much of some players left back in Zambia, but some sounds familiar.
    our local coaches mess up because they are guided by:
    – balancing TRIBES like cabinet.
    – balancing teams.
    In my opinion Chiyangi should have taken 5 players from Eagles and rest from Buildcom, Zesco, Warriors, Red Arrows and Zanaco.
    Performance based. Chapwa…
    Plus 2 kids high talents from second division.

  7. Wesu Nandibo says:

    I am glad that fans now know DAT Kamanga is killing our game

  8. Mark c says:

    This is very disappointing from chiyangi. You are even boasting to win cosafa. This is worse team that has represented zambia. Zambian coaches are bunch of Faliars

  9. Mark c says:

    Why chiyangi did not select players who are performing. Even foreign based players. The season is off. Which point do you want to prove you chiyangi. Zambian football went to the Dustin bin. Kamanga must just resign with immediate effect.

  10. Ngake says:

    Excellent analysis Oliver. I think for the last 3-4 years it has become very apparent we cannot progress anywhere significant with our local coaches who are tactically naive. in additional success in the international games comes first with selection, then tactics followed by motivation. Local coaches cannot even get the selection right. You take a very inexperienced team to a tournament what do you expect to achieve. The less said about tactics the better. Now there is also a problem with expatriates because they also need an acclimatisation period. No expatriate coach can get it right the first year. Further Zambia has shown it needs a certain type of coach which a particular temperament. You need a people person type of coach. The Sven personality does not do well in Zambia. If i was to hire for immediate success i would get a coach who knows the country already. if we hire someone totally new we will have to allow them to settle for one year. Which means continued dissappointment for the near future. So what do we do? My view we hire Aggrey Chiyangi for next two years. We hire an expatriate (with right temperament) for the under 23 and under 20. Give them 2 years to bed in country then after two years move them to national team. We cannot afford another Sven type (not correct temperament and unfamilair with country). That type of expatriate coach is worth less than a local. My two cents….

  11. Pungwa says:

    i think i am missing something here. Are you telling me Kelvin Mubanga wasnt selected ? This would be criminal. He is currently one of the best performers in the Zambian League ! On the other hand, Cletus Chama has been left out of the team going to play Morocco. I am sure we all saw his performance for Simba in the Champions league. We havent had a creative midfielder of that class in a very ong time and Bestone Chambeshi decides not to see this. That Belgium coach realised what a gem he was and started playing him even ahead of Mwepu. As local coaches, we have serious problems of favouritism, lacvking objectivity, being personal and petty with players. Instead of moving forward, we are moving backwards, meanwhile his bosses ( Technical Director included ) are watching this charade and its all quiet, as though such decisions are logical ??????

  12. Ben says:

    Kkkk imweee there us nothing wrong with experiment in cosafa we need new team. We cannot take kangwa to cosafa for what? We need new player every time cosafa starts and when it comes to Chan that’s when we need some experienced players like chama.

    • TRUTH - SELENIKO TWIKALE says:

      You and Pungwa are the only ones who have spoken logically all the others are just emotional and speaking with some kind of a bias. It is on this forum where Kalusha Bwalya was insulted over Patson Daka and Harve Renard stripped naked by John and the group, but what happened later Daka is a star and Harve Renard brought the AFCON trophy. I used to be a lone wolf pro Daka and Harve Renard.
      The most detrimental trait in most Zambians is the lack of foresight that is why it has taken us a long time to Win the AFCON, Qualify to the World Cup and have a major impact in Africa. I do not see a reason we should be screaming Lion over COSAFA when even the Organisers say the platform is for the development and identification of new talent. All I can say is Zimbabwe is a disappointment in that they have betrayed all the COSAFA members I think that is why SOME members are not interested the regional tournament anymore.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Next game probable lineup
    1. Mwange
    2. Clement M
    3. Mwila P
    4. Thandi M
    5. Chama A
    6. Shamujompa
    7. Kambole L
    8. Chirwa J
    9. Kaseba T
    10. Muwowo O
    11. Musankanya B

  14. Charles M says:

    Imagine, Larry Bwalya and Kelvin Kampamba Muabanga are the two creative midfielders in our league but not selected, Compare them to Benson Sakala and Muzaza. This is not being serious and stop wasting our scarce national resources. It is always pride at stake when it comes to COSAFA too. Maybe can understand for Muzaza as he needs exposure as he is still young(?)

    • Mwila says:

      It’s unfortunate that players of our choice weren’t selected.However the coach in his opinion made the best selection. The difference is that he is the coach and the rest of us are soccer fans. Let’s mantain our lanes.

  15. Kasama Boy says:

    “since we are perrenial failures to make the AFCON and World Cup.”

    I totally disagree with this killer statement from the analysis of the game telling us we are not ready for a local coach. The World Cup, Yes I would agree, the AFCON, awe No.

    My personal view and belief is that, if Zambia has qualified to about 17 AFCONs and played in 4 Finals, losing 2 drawing one and winning one, then that statement is grossly inaccurate.

    We seem to be quick to judge a coach, because he is local, from one game. Yet we all know that the team in question is playing the first game together in their lives. Before this game Malawi had already played 2 games, and they had already made permutations with their players, who had developed telepathy and their nerves had settled. But look at how cheeky their goal keeper and that lanky kid Gerald Phiri became when they were leading 2-0. To me, for a team to come back from such a deficit and win the game means a strong character and belief. I would therefore suggest that once a coach is employed, we give each one the benefit of the doubt until he has done his best.

    Please ba Oliver Sepiso Shalala, stop whipping your readers emotions with your writing. The fact that you have access to this blog that Kamanga and the Coach may not have doesn’t mean that you should take them to the cleaners without regard to their ultimate objectives and goals.

    Due to the nature of my work I like to be objective in the way I approach such issues. These guys told us they wanted to expose some fringe players to a tournament situation. They told us they wanted to start developing a team for CHAN, and for future AFCONs and the Qatar World Cup 2022. If this is the objective, how then do they start bringing in tested and tried players like Donaciano Malama, Mwepu, Silwimba, John Chingandu and all? Who they already know and can just call them anytime they are needed?

    I take it that the COSAFA and such, are tournaments to use in developing a cadre of young and tested footballers to call upon in the near and long run. So I do not see anything wrong in what I am seeing and in my opinion, let them use the Muzaza’s of this world and get them used to playing at that high level. If they achieve this objective then that is good because that is what the FAZ wanted to achieve in this COSAFA. Good and consistent results take time, money and patience, which no football fan has. Almost every fan wants the coach to use his choice of players. the assumption is that the coach has no choice of his own.

    There is nothing wrong with our local coaches, the only thing wrong is our complex. So for now Aggrey Chiyangi is in charge, let him do his job the way he wants to do it. Lets just encourage our local coaches and to ensure they are properly trained in Europe, South America and wherever they can get capacity enhancement. If anything we need to forget about foreign coaches and just develop our own home grown ones. Sooner or later they will produce.

    Some fellow bloggers are even comparing Zimbabwe’s success at COSAFA to that of Zambia. In my opinion, I see a lot of things wrong in sending ‘big and wise men’ to go and do a job meant for ‘young boys’ all in the name of short-lived glory. To me Zimbabwe is good, but it is a country where the philosophy is to use the same tested National team players for developmental tournaments like the COSAFA. In the end when these tired legs finally buckle, it is difficult to replace them because no upcoming players were developed for such tasks. Look at how long Peter and Adam Ndhlobvu played in their teams and look at what happened when they finally retired? Look at how long Knowledge Musona and Khama Billiat have been playing for them and wait and see what will happen in the next few years when they retire.

    In this COSAFA Zimbabwe is using it as training for their AFCON in Egypt. that is their objective. If they achieve it then there is nothing wrong with it.

    Its good to win these small things but lets also keep an eye on making serious impacts at the big stage. we can only achieve this by developing raw talent at such tournaments, or if we had money by playing friendlies day in and day out.

    • TRUTH - SELENIKO TWIKALE says:

      Kasama Boy! Walasa, wafokombela, walasafye nga mulyakela, cine kwena wapitapo nifilya batila abati ukutanfya lunshi pamafi kunya pabili nangu uwauma nafyala omina limo! walompola akampe mumatwi kati na lakalakalaka.
      Spot on Kasama Boy, these illogical rantings have heaped us with retrogressive mindsets which hinders the development of the sport and also our Country as a whole.

  16. LAMECK KALIKOKHA says:

    100% ANALYSIS, ZIMBABWE HAS A VERY STRONG MID-FIELD MORE THAN MALAWI. ZIMBABWE HAS QUALITY PLAYERS ALL OVER THE FIELD. CHIYANGI MAKE SURE YOUR MID IS UPTO DATE WHILELSE IT WILL BE SHAMEFUL RESULTS! Is COSAFA meant for young players or upcoming players or senior players? I don’t get the point of leave George Chilufya at home if you are playing Adrian Chama. Both are older players, the difference is that Chama struggled in the league and he has even been made captain while Chilufya was excellent and is home. If we are choosing based on age, let open it to everyone if Chama qualifies and that allows the likes of Sydney KALUME to play. Kalume was excellent albeit I would go with Simbayambaya or Katema or Clement Mundia.

    Coming to the game, I am ok with Sebastian Mwange. He is very good keeper. He was jittery today and it happens when you debut. I was also ok with Thandi Mwape and Adrian Chama. Mwila Phiri was our best player. Gift Zulu doesn’t deserve to be in that team. He played in a struggling Nkana. Pick a right back from Paul Banda, Taonga Bwembya, Solomon Sakala, Shemmy Mayembe, Jimmy Nakena etc. Zulu has no pace, football sense, good cross like Mwila Phiri or height for set pieces.

    Benson Sakala is slow and he has been culpable for many goals Power have conceded this season. The coach can’t play him against Zimbabwe. Surely with Tafadzwa Rusike, Billiat and Musoka this will be a massacre. Muzaza is not ready. He was making silly mistakes and his foul led to the second goal in a needless situation. Why play Muzaza when Austin Muwowo can play 8 and you can bring in Chitiya Mususu? Mususu was a revelation of this season and deserves to start. Bruce also deserves to start. Musakanya should play on the left, Mususu 10, Tapson or Kambole 9 and Kambole or Altezza 7. Alternatively, play Lawrence Chungu at left back and put Mwila Phiri on the right wing where he can cut inside and shoot.

    I can go on and on but clearly we don’t have local coaches who will make objective selections for the national team and will also read a game and make timely subs without looking at faces. Our coaches need to be open minded.

    A player scores and seconds later he is substituted? Like really?

    And President Andrew Kamanga, aren’t you ambitious enough to want to win COSAFA? Why send a weak team to COSAFA and stronger one to useless friendlies that won’t bring honours? Isn’t it time you won a senior trophy in your reign? If I was the FAZ president, I would decree that coaches send strong teams to COSAFA. Why are we always rebuilding without finishing? Where are the players we rebuilt with two years ago like Lubinda Mundia, Silwimba, Mwansa Nsofwa etc? Why is Collins Sikombe at home? Paul Simpemba?

  17. Madalitso M Phiri says:

    I fully put my weight and (if I had) money on a Zambian Coach for Chipolopolo, including the same Chiyangi. It depends the circumstances and what support a Zambian Coach is given. I said TO Kamanga last year before he employed Sven Van… DO NOT EMPLOY A FOREIGN coach or we risk not going to Afcon 2019. It happened!! I predicted after Svens first game that Mozambique would eliminate us from Afcon 2019. It happened!!! I will say the same thing the hope for afcon 2021 and WC2022 is in one or a team of Zambians we have. I WILL NOT GO INTO DETAILS. Someone must arm twist me.

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