By SPORTS REPORTER
FORMER Zambia National team head coach, Wedson Nyirenda has been appointed South African Premiere Soccer League outfit Baroka FC head coach.
Nyirenda, who recently resigned as Chipolopolo head coach had been linked with Baroka in recent weeks following the exit of Donald Makhubedu, was on Wednesday confirmed as Makhubedu’s successor.
Baroka FC chairman, Khurishi Mphahlele, confirmed the development to local media noting that the former Kaizer Chiefs striker (Nyirenda) had signed a two-year deal with a one-year option as the club looks to climb up the Absa Premiership table next season.
“Everything is sorted, he’s signed with us and he’s coming. He’s going to start on June 12 when we come back for pre-season.” Mphahlele said.
Meanwhile a Copperbelt based soccer analyst has observed that the resignation of Nyirenda as National team coach will negatively affect the team’s quest to qualify to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
In an interview, Henry Chama said Nyirenda had assembled a good squad for the last two years despite the team not qualifying to the World Cup that will be held this June in Russia.
He said some of the players in the Chipolopolo team were used to the playing tactics of Wada who had blended both the young and the old.
Chama said that Wada would have taken time to resign because the Chipolopolo boys needed him more this time because there was a huge task for the team which by all means needed to qualify to next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
On May, 24, outgoing Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) general secretary, Ponga Liwewe announced the resignation of Nyirenda as Chipolopolo head coach.
Nyirenda received constant criticism from soccer fans for the national team’s poor showing during his tenor as head coach.
Having spent eight months at the helm of Chipolopolo top Job since replacing then head, George Lwandamina, who saved on interim basis until September 13 2017, Nyirenda recorded 12 victories, seven draws and seven loses in the 26 games he was in charge of the Zambia National soccer team.
Nkana coach Beston Chambeshi will oversee national team affairs as caretaker coach and will be assisted by Zanaco FC head coach, Numba Mumamba, as the team prepares for the 2018 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) senior championship which kicked off on May 27, in South Africa.
The chipolopolo boys who left for South Africa last Wednesday are scheduled to join the 2018 COSAFA tournament at the quarterfinal stage where they will face Namibia.