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Zesco ‘in talks’ over George return

VETERAN coach George Lwandamina’s lawyers are in talks over his return to the Ndola-based outfit, a source close to Zesco United Football Club management has revealed.

The source said no deal had been reached yet, but talks were in progress.

“Lwandamina’s lawyers and Zesco are talking but nothing has been concluded yet. We wait to see both parties reach an agreement to that effect,” said the source.

And when contacted for a comment, Lwandamina said Zesco had not spoken to him yet.

Asked if Zesco had spoken to him over his return to his former club, Lwandamina said: “Not yet. Ndelolela mukwai. In life everything that comes one’s way, it should be considered and you are no exception.”

There has been speculation that Lwandamina would be announced as the new Zesco United coach soon.

It is believed that Lwandamina’s return to Levy Mwanawasa Stadium is being delayed by his current employers Young Africans as they are demanding for compensation because Lwandamina still has a contract with the Dar-es-Salaam-based team.

Should negotiations conclude, then ‘Chicken George’ would be hoping to change the misfortune of the 0-1 loss at the hands of Ivory Coast’s Asec Mimosa in the CAF Champions League going into the second leg.

Currently, Zesco is under the tutelage of Tenant Chembo, who was Lwandamina’s assistant when the Ndola outfit won the league in 2014 and 2015 as well as a semi-final spot in the 2016 Champions League.

Lwandamina broke the jinx of not having won the league title at the Ndola outfit and his return is deemed as returning ‘home’.

The former Mufulira Wanderers defender has also managed Green Buffaloes and Red Arrows before but the league title win came with Zesco United.

On the international stage, Lwandamina led Zambia Under-20 to the FIFA 2007 World Youth Championship in Canada as the likes of Emmanuel Mayuka, Rodger Kola, Stopilla Sunzu, William Njobvu, Sebastian Mwansa and Fwayo Tembo rode to stardom.

He was later the Chipolopolo coach that saw him hand caps to the likes of Ben Chepeshi, Boyd Mkandawire and Paul Katema.

He, however, failed to qualify Zambia to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

During his tenure as Chipolopolo mentor, Lwandamina crafted a positive partnership of Winston Kalengo and Collins Mbesuma upfront.

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