NEWLY engaged Chipolopolo coach Sven Vandebroek says his first task is to qualify the team to next year’s continental championship.
And Football Association of Zambia president Andrew Kamanga has challenged Vandebroek to deliver as the Zambian soccer fans are greedily hungry for success.
Speaking when he was unveiled as Chipolopolo head coach, Vandenbroek said he had some information of the players’ profiles but he would research more on the local players.
“The first thing is to get to the AFCON 2019 and build a team that was already a little bit constructed to go on with this team and get some continuity in this team. AFCON 2019 is the first target and then we are going to look further, the first game was lost but there are still 5 games to play. The points lost at home against Mozambique we can get them when we go there. That is a project of three to four years,” Vandenbroek said.
“I have enough information on my computer and I know enough to continue with the job. For the locals, I have to watch a lot of games in the next couple of weeks. I will watch every team at least live and on DVD.”
But Kamanga told Vandebroek that he was taking charge of a big team that had a reputation throughout the continent.
“May I inform Mr Vandebroek that he is taking charge of one of the biggest teams in the region and in the continent. Football is the biggest sport in Zambia and it transcends our differences. You have become part of the family that does not only follow the game with keen interest but also with an insatiable appetite for success,” Kamanga said.
“Your appointment brings a lot of hope and a high level of expectation from us and the soccer loving public. FAZ believes that it has selected the right coach with the right credentials and with the capacity to take us to Cameroon next year.”