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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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6 Comments to Sven eyes comeback

  1. LAMECK KALIKOKHA says:

    TO COME BACK AS A FAZ PRESIDENT OR WHAT ?
    THAT’S WHERE AM SEEING A VACANCY!

    POOR DECISIONS HAS CHARACTERISED THE FOOTBALL HOUSE????
    SINCE THE DEPARTURE OF VANDAN BROKE THEY HAVE FAILED TO REPLACE A NATIONAL TEAM COACH: WE WILL AGAIN WATCHING THE AFCON ON THE TV SCREENS WITHOUT OUR TEAM REPRESENTING US

  2. Chindika Popeye Nguni says:

    This Sven spirits had a good plan but selfish individuals at FAZ frustrated his work. Its quiet sad

  3. Peter says:

    Mr Kamanga, if you can not bring back Herve Renard then employ someone else. We don’t need this your Sven muntu to be the national team coach because he is no different from the current coach. And if you (Kamanga) can’t employ a standard and well qualified coach who understands modern football, then kindly resign from that position tusalilepo bambi. We were not this poor during the reign of Kalusha Bwalya. Even Mr Mulonga is better than you sir!!!

  4. Pungwa says:

    Iliked his teams selection. Fair and based on merit. He picked players on form. The only thing lacking was the aggression, Hunger and Killer instinct . His substtitutions could have been better but this is something that can be worked on.

  5. Mwebantu says:

    I hope the little boys who pushed for Kalu and Renard’s ouster are now eating humble pies and thrombotic piles.

  6. woke says:

    This man was right when he said Zambia has to stop thinking their the best team in Africa and we all took it to offence, What the man was saying is don’t let the fluke 2012 afcon get to our head because teams like Nigeria Egypt Ghana Ivory Coast Cameroon have won it countless of times and don’t brag, when you brag it physcologically put you in a state of arrogance hence why we have been getting chopped ever since 2012, to me 2012 was out downfall, we needed a coach to tell us to be humble, I guess because we haven’t won it before made us feel invinsible so we did not respect any team we faced up to now we think we are the best because of 2012 but the truth is most teams we face don’t even remember us being champions so they don’t fear, teams that people remember to be dangourouse and fear are the ones who consitienly win Nigeria Egypt Cameroon Ghana Ivory Coast. If our players were reminded after 2012 to be humble and respect the teams mentioned instead of thinking were better because you beat the once doesn’t mean you will beat them all the time when they have more experience and better head to head than you, in reality it means most the teams had an off day when we won. So lets be humble, erase the 2012 afcon from our stubborn mind because we are acting like a villager in the big city that has not seen buildings before and going back to his village to explain how buildings work, he thinks he is now king of village because he has been to the city once, this is how were viewed amongst other African nations regarding football, my Nigerian and Ghanaian friends here in Australia always tease me when I try to compete with them as to who the better soccer team is, their come back to me is when did Zambia start playing soccer and call us the fluke nation, its all in good fun and humor though every good joke contains truth

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