Munaile: Foreign coach for Chipolopolo
■Apart from Sameul “Zoom” Ndhlovu what have local coaches done for the national team?
Emmanuel Munaile says Zambia needs an expatriate coach to train Chipolopolo.
The former FAZ vice-president was speaking on Sports Bantu (A show I host on Diamond TV every Wednesday at 21h00 and repeated Thursdays 22h30) last night.
“Let’s consider the records, apart from Sameul “Zoom” Ndhlovu (who led Zambia to third position at the 1990 Africa Cup and the quarter-finals of the 1988 Seoul Olympics), what have the local coaches done?” Munaile wondered.
“After the disaster of 1993, it was expatriates that helped in the rebuilding of the team.
“Just nine (09) months after that disaster (Gabon) Zambia reached the Africa Cup final in Tunisia in 1994 with an expatriate Ian Potterfield,” the former Mufulira Wanderers, Zanaco and Minning Rangers of South Africa midfielder said.
“In 1996, an expatriate Roald Poulsen helped Zambia to third place at the Africa Cup in South Africa. I remember Joe Bwalya scoring a beautiful goal to beat Ghana 1-0.
“In 2012, it was an expatriate Herve Renard who won the Africa Cup for Zambia. In 1974, our first ever Africa Cup final was reached with Ante Buselic an expatriate.
“You can see the pattern, it’s not about patriotism. It’s about results. For me, Zambia needs an expatriate coach,” Munaile who is a trained coach who once coached Zanaco said.
The former Malole Parliamentarian also said Zambian coaches need further training in order to meet the challenges of handling Chipolopolo.
“They have all been tried. For example, if Wedson Nyirenda was to leave today, which local coach can come in to replace him?
“Our coaches need further training. For example, I was once sent to Europe for three months under an arrangement with the International Olympics Committee (IOC). Our coaches need such programmes,” Munaile said.
Among other things Munaile spoke on why he quit the Kalusha Bwalya led FAZ in 2010 and the need for FAZ to recognise people who have contributed to the development of the game in Zambia.
“Sometimes, I go to a game and the chap at the gate asks me to produce a ticket to gain entry. The people who gain free entry are those close to FAZ officials and have contributed nothing to the game, ” complained the 56-year-old who on ocassion captained Zambia and also served as a FAZ executive committe member before being elected vice-president in 2008.
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