Men lie, Numbers don’t: A look at Football house score card
News of the appointment of Wedson Nyirenda as assistant coach was received with excitement amongst soccer lovers and other stakeholders with the government reaffirming their support for the coach who later went on for nine months without getting his salary.
Nyirenda stamped his authority right after loosing his first game against Mozmbique in a poorly watched game by suspending Rainford Kalaba indefinitely a decision that was met with mixed feelings by the soccer fans.
While football house slowed down on the process of hiring the main Coach, Wedson took his team on to a Continental tournament finishing as a quarter finalist away in Morocco at the 2018 CHAN tournament.
While Nyirenda was having a hard time explaining to soccer fans on how he was using the tournaments to fuse in new players, football house was out to win trophies and put Nyirenda’s neck on the choping board by calling for a technical meeting to review his performance and one could clearly see the employer and the employee where heading in different directions.
Men lie numbers don’t.
Andrew Kamanga has scored huge success of securing massive deals that will benefit Zambian clubs and has shown that with selflessness much can be achieved.
The football house president successfully hosted the Under 20 AFCON which Zambia won and went on to have a successful outing at the World Cup an accomplishment one will never take away from the team.
While a deep anlaysis of the six goals scored and four goals conceded in a four match Wedson Nyirenda penultimate vs Sven’s four goals scored and five goals conceded clearly shows who the looser is,the Belgium born has lost even against himself by conceding more than he has scored.
How did we get to loosing against ourselves?
Following the appointment of Sven ,his assignment was to qualify the team to the prestigious continental tournament which he has failed to do with a game to go.
For a man who was employed as senior coach and had all the resources at his disposal,his ability to concede certainly outweighs his ability to score making him a suspect for the job.
Who is to blame ?
When a technical team of experts was appointed to look Into the hiring of a senior Chipolopolo team,many over looked that whoever was hired needed needed more time to effectively drill a tournament qualifying team but as usual technical committees are more interested in offering their services and getting their allowances than giving technical advise which sometimes may make them look like people who don’t know what they are doing.
What the Andrew Kamanga led executive needed to do was iron out their differences with Wedson Nyirenda who they gladly exposed to the media on countless occasions after alleged poor outings at tournaments such as COSAFA and the famous four nations tournament.
The World Cup qualifier was a signal strong enough of what a proper geld team looked like and to risk that in the name of hiring an expatriate coach was a risk that football house shouldn’t have over looked.For heaven sake we finished second in a group with Nigeria and Algeria.
What is the way forward ?
While completely writing off Sven would be unfair to the media bully Belgian, Andrew Kamanga should understand that modern day soccer has become more intellectual than physical as seen from Sven’s much talked about philosophies but in this part of the World the physicality is just as important as the intellect hence he should give Sven much more time to understand the Zambian game.
Kamanga shouldn’t give in and hire a local coach that they will use as a scapegoat for overlooking basic administration oversights but should instead man up and remain with Sven.
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