…Govt awaits FAZ shortlist for Chipolopolo coach
By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA
GOVERNMENT is waiting on the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to avail them with the shortlist for Chipolopolo coaching job.
Minister of Sport Emmanuel Mulenga said in an interview that they would seriously scrutinise the shortlist to ensure the coach picked is of quality and capable of delivering on the field.
Mulenga said in as much as time was of essence, it was better for the country’s soccer body to take time and choose the right coach than recruit a low standard trainer to beat time.
“We are waiting for FAZ to give us their shortlisting, because they had already shortlisted but one of the coaches’ they wanted has been picked by another club. They have done a new list which we have to look at and study that list very well,” he said.
He said a quality coach was key to revamping Zambia’s popular sport which has dwindled in the last four years.
He said there was need to be conscious throughout the recruitment process as Zambia needs a coach that will take the Chipolopolo to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
“We need a coach that is going to perform, it’s not just a matter of employing a coach that is going to be on the field and coach our team but one that will take us to the two big competitions,”
“The glory of Zambia has been lost in a space of four years which we need to retain by recruiting a good coach and we’ll make sure we make a good decision,” he said.
Government and FAZ agreed last month to peg the salary for the new coach at US$25, 000. The Chipolopolo have been under the tutelage of caretaker coach Aggrey Chiyangi since Belgian Sven Vandenbroeck contract expired last March.
Zambia is scheduled to start her 2021 Afcon Group H qualifier campaign against Algeria in November which also has Namibia and Botswana.
Meanwhile, Mulenga said there was need to establish proper league structures for women football to enhance it.
He said the performance of the women’s teams at the COSAFA tournament where they finished as silver medalists proved that with proper structures, they can achieve better results.