No doubt, I want to stay – Sven
Chipolopolo Coach Sven Vandenbroeck has turned a blind eye on calls for him to step down from his position following the failure to qualify to the 2019 AFCON and has unequivocal indicated that he wants to stay.
The Belgian coach was speaking in an interaction session with the media at Gardern Court hotel in Kitwe yesterday.
Sven said the reason why he wants to stay is because he sees that the federation has potential, commitment and the ambition to make changes going forward.
“If you ask if I want to continue, I say for sure yes because I see potential, I see commitment, I see also the ambition from the federation to make changes. They allowed me to bring the GPS, bring the new style, even backed me up in Mozambique after losing,” he said.
He said he wishes to stay until the subsequent World Cup in 2022 in Qatar.
“I think logic would say go until the 2022 World Cup. I think that is a logic project. There are two Africa Cups one you can already eliminate, but there is U23 AFCON next year and Olympics. I think that is a beautiful project to work with although I cannot step in with choices but we will be there to see what is happening,” he said.
Sven touched on many issues including the influx of foreign players – which he thinks constrains game time on youth players compared to countries that have imposed foreign quotas in domestic football.
According to him the Super league has a huge number of foreign players – which he expressed concern on, saying it has not made his quest for defenders an easy job.
Asked about his relationship with the players, Sven said it was not strained. He said he had a good relationship with the players despite benching some of them like Rainford Kalaba and Fashion Sakala – that people had warned him about they were a bit selfish.
And Sven revealed that they have created a WhatsApp group compounded of the technical bench and Chipolopolo players. He further revealed that they sometimes crack jokes in this WhatsApp group, for example when a Simba fan in Tanzania offered his wife in exchange for Cletus Chama’s jersey.
“I have to say from the start that I had a good relationship with everyone and a good feeling even until now. I will give an example, many people were warning me for some guys and I will mention a few, Kalaba (Rainford) and sometimes Fashion Sakala that he can be selfish but although Kalaba did not play all the games and on the bench, his behaviour was good, no complaining.”
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