EXPERT VIEW: IF SVEN HAS TO STAY, TAME HIM.
On Sunday, November 18th Zambia’s road to Cameroon came to an end following a one nil defeat by Mozambique who completed a double over the 2012 AFCON champions, Losing both under Wedson Nyirenda and Sven Vandenbroek.
The Copper bullets missed the 2017 edition and will now miss out on the trip to Cameroon they miss back to back tournaments for the first time since they first qualified to the biggest football event on the continent in 1974.
Zambia did not enter the race for qualification between 1956 and 1968 and only started prior to the 1970 edition which they failed to qualify to. They also missed out on the 1972 edition, Which is the only other time they missed two consecutive tournaments since they first entered the race for qualification.
This time around the team have only managed four points from five games. The race to Cameroon was started by now Baroka coach Wedson Nyirenda who oversaw the opening game. Zambia lost by a lone goal to Mozambique.
Nyirenda resigned to join PSL out-fit Baroka later on. In came Belgian trainer Sven Vandenbroek.
The former Cameroon assistant coach was given a task to qualify the team to Cameroon and the Football Association of Zambia President Andrew Kamanga emphasized that fact during Sven’s unveiling at the Golden Peacock hotel back in July.
The first target is for him to deal with the five games that is all, we achieve that we come back and re-look at the tournament itself. Remember we are talking about just qualifying to the tournament, once we qualify, we can talk about the tournament. The assignment is short term, to qualify us to the Africa Cup
With that statement one would not be blamed to conclude that after the calamity in Mozambique the Belgian would either be fired or resign on his own.
This seems not to be the case because the ZamFoot crew understands that FAZ is looking at keeping Vandenbroek long term for stability.
If the Belgian has to continue as the Chipolopo boss he needs to be tamed. He needs to learn that he is an employee of FAZ and the Zambian people.
After the loss in Mozambique the Belgian born gaffer went on tell Zambian people to avoid stupid talk instead of him apologizing to the nation for his failure.
He was given one job, Which was to qualify Zambia to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and he failed. One would think he would be a little more apologetic.
“I think at this moment we don’t need to speak too much. It’s too soon to start making conclusions.I think we need a few days to recover from the loss. Recover from not qualifying to the finals,” he said in a post match press conference after the Mozambique game.
“We need to sit all together and make a good conclusion. We need to cool down first instead of saying stupid things when we are still frustrated,” Vandenbroeck added.
He has become too powerful for a coach. The Zambian people he is telling not to have ‘stupid talk’ are tax payers responsible for his salary and as such they deserve a little bit of respect.
He has to be brought back to earth. He needs to come to terms with the fact that Football is like a second religion to many Zambians and Chipolopo is their doctrine.
As such he needs to get used to being criticized when things are not going well if he intends on staying any longer. Zambian fans are very passionate about their football and especially the senior national team.
The Association has strived to make his working environment very conducive for him but maybe too conducive which has seen him begin to demand things and make decisions that naturally fall out of his jurisdiction.
For example during the back to back games against Guinea Bissau he revealed involvement in the firing or re-assignment of the team manager Hastings Ndovi as he put it.
” Yes we have made some changes. The world is changing in the modern technology so some people had problems with the modern technologies that’s why we rescheduled the task of the team manager. We did not drop him to be clear but he will be reassigned in his tasks around the team,” he said
ZamFoot crew sources at Football house have revealed that the Belgian more often than not gets his way on many matters.
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MEDIA
The media is a very important part of th puzzle. The same media can make or destroy one’s career depending on how the two interact.
In Zambia (and most parts in the World) the media have for long played a pivotal role in who stays and who goes in such positions as national team head coach.
Sven seems to think or believe he can do without them maybe but he should be very careful. His relationship with the men and women who inform the nation is not the best of relationships.
The media has influence on the public and as such may easily drive an agenda (not advisable) in favour or against a certain individual. For Sven he needs to start on a new good note with the media if he plans to stay long should the Association decide to renew his contract.
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