Sven VDB Says he Has Unfinished Business with Zambia
Sven eyes comeback
Former Zambia National Team coach Sven Vandenbroeck says he would want a second shot at the Chipolopolo job as he believes his understanding of the Zambian game has improved and he would be able to get the best out of the team.
The Belgian who left the Chipolopolo in March after failing to meet his target of qualifying the team to the last Africa Cup of Nations, said he had set in motion a good program which would have been yielding results by now had he stayed on.
Vandenbroeck said in an interview from Belgium that he will be sending through his application for the Chipolopolo job, which the Football Association of Zambia has advertised and already attracted close to a dozen candidates.
He said he wants to come back and finish off what he had started.
He said FAZ President Andrew Kamanga had set good targets for the team but his work was being frustrated by some people within the Association.
Vandenbroeck attributed the Chipolopolo’s poor performance to lack of a full-time Technical Bench.
He said the Country needs to be more focused and concentrate on rebuilding the team.
“Winning COSAFA gives a good feeling and a positive image but it is no preparation for the real work. The level and tempo in the AFCON Qualifiers is much higher, ” he said.
“Zambia should stop thinking that they are the best team in Africa. They need to rebuild like I mentioned in my progress plan. Rebuilding with striving but no obligation of results in the beginning. Then after a few months when the basics are fully installed, results must be the target. ”
He said he had advised FAZ against sending the Austria-based duo of Patson Daka and Enock Mwepu to Egypt for the U23 AFCON so that they could concentrate on the Chipolopolo but his advice was ignored.
Mwepu and Daka were part of the U23 National Team that exited the Africa Cup in the first round after drawing scoreless with South Africa and losing to both Nigeria and Ivory Coast.
After exiting the U23 Africa Cup, the two players who missed the 5-0 Blida massacre against Algeria, were rushed to Lusaka, where they featured in the Africa Cup Qualifier against Zimbabwe which Zambia lost 2-1 to further complicate chances of qualifying to the Africa Cup of Nations whose last two editions they have missed out.
“I can’t understand [why] FAZ was riding two horses at the same time, ” he said “I warned them in January that it is impossible to use the same players in the U23 and senior team at the same time in a good way. ”
“But I remember the response from one Board [Executive Committee] Member was that we shall cross the bridge when we get there. For me that illustrated lack of Vision from the Board Member”
[Zambia Daily Mai]
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