Kachepa on Ball: FAZ to hire a European coach
The Football Association of Zambia, FAZ are set to announce a a new coach as Chipolopolo Boys coach, the ZamFoot Crew understands.
Though the Football House hierarchy is yet to confirm the termination of the contract of current Chipolopolo Boys coach Wedson Nyirenda, the ZamFoot Crew can exclusively reveal that FAZ President Andrew Kamanga has already head hunted for a coach from Europe.
“What we are getting is that the boss [Kamanga] has already identified a coach from Eastern Europe,” a ZamFoot Crew source said.
It is believed, the association has a the blessings from the government who will be the main funders.
Before Nyirenda was given a contract, FAZ had identified South African coach Gordon Igesund but they pulled off the plug after the government’s failure to commit themselves.
Having seen and observed the stagnation of the Chipolopolo under local coaches, there’s a general consensus that it’s time for an expatriate coach.
After the African Cup of Nations winning coach Herve Renard left, his assistance Patrice Beaumulle briefly took over but the association was too broke to pay his wages.
Patrice left, and joined Renard in France, and then Honor Janza took over as stop gap but after a poor start in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, Janza was sacked at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport upon arrival from an international fixture.
George Lwandamina took over but again Zambia faltered and failed to qualify to AFCOn 2017, the second time in the last two decades.
Under Patrick Phiri in 2004, Benin qualified at the expense of the mighty Chipolopolo.
Then there was talk of an expatriate coach and Wada Wada was earmarked initially as assistant but lack of funds forced Kamanga to stick with the outspoken coach.
Fair enough to Nyirenda, Zambia has continued to rise on the FIFA Rankings but the coach has failed to win the support of the Chipolopolo faithful.
“A Serbian coach is being mentioned at Football House but I ‘ll get back to you.
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