Wednesday, April 17, 2024

I don’t know Kawri but I ‘ll work well with him, says Lwandamina

George Lwandamina says he will work well with newly appointed assistant coach Irfan Kawri despite not knowing much about him.

And FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya has asked fans to give Kawri a chance. In an interview,  Lwandamina said he was optimistic that Kawri would add value to Chipolopolo. He said he does not know Kawri but believes he was appointed as his assistant by people who had seen value in him.

Lwandamina said he had never chosen his own assistant but had managed to work cordially with whoever was given to him. “I have worked with a lot of people; I have never chosen my assistants.  I will work well with him although I do not know him,” Lwandamina said.

“People that have engaged him value him, I don’t know him. They can’t bring someone who cannot add value to the team, I am sure he is bringing value to the team.”

And Lwandamina said he has called Adamson Mulao from Green Eagles and Racha Kola to replace the four Red Arrows players that are out on military training. Others that he has called to fill up the gap that the quartet left are Christopher Katongo and Isaac Chansa.

The team regroups today for the African Nations preparations after taking a Christmas break.

Meanwhile, Bwalya has asked fans to give Kawri a chance. Speaking on Q FM’s Soccer Chat radio show, Bwalya said the association had been looking for someone who could bring in more information and deep analysis of the team and the opponents.

He said Kawri filled the description well and deserved a chance. “It was important for us to find somebody who would fit that bill and we have been looking, we have been talking and I think Irfan can do that job. I think you have to give people a chance because some people work hard in certain environments,” Bwalya said.

He, however, said fans should not expect from Kawri the same results that Herve Renard brought to Zambia because they were playing different roles.

“We have to differentiate because Herve came in as a head coach. You know, oftentimes we don’t listen to what people say because sometimes people talk because they don’t want to build. They don’t know better. Most people who helped Zambia did so because they were given a chance,” said Bwalya.

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  1. The problem Zambia is facing is not Kawri or Katongo or Chansa, the problem is the time Zambia will have to prepare the team and how competitive they can get the team. We need some competitive friendlies too.

  2. This chap is just here to better his C V and will offer zero to us can some one challenge me if the guy is better than wad a Wanda, P B or that Warriors coach,ba kalu kuwayawayafye .

  3. So far the preparations for CHAN do not show that Zambia is serious about even reaching the semi final stage .we will be booted out in the group stage .

  4. Can someone help me understand, is this Kawri Zambian or british? coz I’ve read reports that he wanted to play for chipolopolo under 20 some years back…

    • His mum was born and bred in chipata of indian descent (mwenye)..She married an indian and settled in uk in the 70/80`s..He came to play for under20 but cudnt get into the side coz of him being british as their was no dual nationality in those days,It was a lost talent for us,,Hope the dual nationality rule will now bring out all the talent in far fetched countries,,!!

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