Wanyeka Munzi! What an insult to my intelligence as Wada says Sven has failed
Zambia’s failure to qualify to the African Cup of Nations for the second consecutive time under the FAZ administration of Andrew Kamanga is trending in the landlocked country.
Football is the country’s no.1 sport, and across the country, from Chilubi Island to Shang’ombo, Nakonde to Sinazongwe, and Ikelengi to Nyimba, Kamanga and Chipolopolo Boys’ Belgian coach Sven Vandenbroeck are the most talked about names.
For that, it is no surprise that former Chipolopolo Boys coach Wedson Nyirenda has failed to take back a seat.
Now at struggling South African Premier Soccer League Baroka where he promised to win a league title, the outspoken coach has written an emotional letter.
“When I came in, I had 13 days before playing the first World Cup qualifier against the Great Super Eagles [Nigeria],” Wada Wada wrote
While Wada Wada had almost two weeks to prepare for Nigeria, Vandenbroeck had an induction of two months and three days prior to the 1-1 draw against Namibia.
FAZ confirmed the hiring of the Belgian coach on 5th July, 2018 and was unveiled to the media at Lusaka’s Golden Peacook Hotel five days later by Kamanga.
His first game came on 8th September, 2018 away in Windhoek and Zambia needed a late Justin Shonga deflected free kick to earn a draw.
“We lost 2-1 [at home]. A week later we travelled to Cameroon and drew 1-1, a game we controlled and the referee gave a fake penalty to the hosts,” Wada gave an account of his Chipolopolo’s encounters against Nigeria and African Champions Cameroon.
Actually Vandenbroeck was the assistant coach and was in the dugout for Cameroon at the time.
With more time, the former Nchanga Rangers, Power Dynamos and Kaizer Chiefs striker tried to consolidate his side by blooding in the likes of Ernest Mbewe, Brian Mwila, Justin Shonga and members of the famous class of ’17 trio Fashion Sakala, Patson Daka and Enock Mwepu.
Even though insiders at Football House claim that the inclusion of the Under-20 trio Daka, Sakala and Mwepu was forced on him by Kamanga.
Maybe Kamanga should take some credit.
And the old guards including legendary Rainford Kalaba, Nathan Sinkala and Chisamba Lungu were axed as they paved way for the young guns.
The Chipolopolo arm band went to Ziyo Tembo while the Kennedy Mweene and Stopilla Sunzu were the only members of the AFCON 2012 title winning squad remaining.
“I changed the whole team and made my new team.We played Algeria the number 1 rated in Africa and beat them 3-1 at home and 1-0 three days later in Algeria. And our chances to qualify to first world cup were open,” Wada recounted.
While over 100 million have taken to social media to complain about Ahmed Musa’s late disallowed goal against South Africa over the weekend, Nyirenda has reminded the West Africans thag Zambia was also robbed following a wrongfully disallowed goal by Botswana referee Joshua Bondo who controversially ruled offside an Augustine Mulenga goal.
“Nigeria stole our game in Nigeria and my team came out second in the the group of death consisting of Algeria, Nigeria and and Cameroon,” he said as he compared the Russia 2018 World Cup ‘Group of Death’ to the ‘Cosafa Group.’
“If this was Africa qualifier like today it means we’re through,” Wada reminded his critics
“But this man [Sven Vandenbroeck] has failed to qualify to afcon in a group consisting of Namibia, Mozambique and Guinea [Bissau]. What an insult to my intelligence.
Zambia has more AFCON  appearances compared to other Southern Africa rivals. So Group K was easier as there were no continental heavyweights.
In addition, the tournament participants have been increased from 16 to 24 countries.
Actually, Zambia is the only Southern African country which qualified for AFCON when the tournament only had eight slots until after the format was changed to 16 in 1996.
“Having built a very good side and the future looking clear only to be hated and treated like an outcast by my own.Just because I’m same color they preferred a light skin,” Wada complained for feeling under appreciated by his own people.
The Baroka coach also revealed that he went for 9 months without receiving his $10,000 monthly pay check and yet Vandenbroeck has been getting his on time.
“While doing all these good things I was not being paid. I stayed 9 months without salary. And still going through their media attacks. Ask them if this white boy has been skipped payment of any salary or allowances. Shame on us Shame Shame Shame.
In all fairness, Vandenbroeck just had one game at home while the other three were away games.
Wada was in charge of Zambia when Mozambique stunned the 2012 African Champions at home with a 1-0 win on match day of the CAF 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
It is also worth remembering that Zambia under Nyirenda failed to go past in Cosafa tournaments twice as the copper bullets failed to win any silverware.
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