EMBATTLED Chipolopolo coach Sven Vandenbroek says he would love to stay for another four years to build a solid team for the 2021 AfCON as well as the Qatar 2022 FIFA world cup qualifiers.
And Sven says there are too many foreign defensive players in the local league which makes it difficult for his selection in defensive positions.
The coach also says there is need to introduce a system where every team in the MTN/FAZ Super League has to feature three Under-20 players to bridge the age-gap currently obtaining in the Chipolopolo.
During a media interaction in Kitwe where he catalogued issues on modern, scientific, technical and scientific demands of modern football, Sven said Zambia had a lot of offensive players but lacked defensive options.
He also talked about the disappointment of failing to qualify saying people were judging him based on the qualifiers only notwithstanding the fact that he was doing a lot of things to improve the management and organisation of football going forward.
“I thought players playing abroad could help me sort out transition play, to build from the back. For example, I had people telling me that players are difficult like [Rainford] Kalaba, others said Fashion [Sakala] is selfish, but I have a very good working relationship with each one of them. I have no problem with any player. Kalaba for example did not even play in some games but has been very good, no complaints,” Sven said.
He said he had a problem in that soccer fans have judged him based on the AfCON result only.
“It was a disappointment that we failed. We started on a handicap if I can say that. I want to continue because I see potential. Sometimes you have to go through a rough patch to know what you are supposed to do,” he said. “I think with the things we are doing, I think, four years is a logical project. Because we have U-23 AfCON next year and if we can use some players like Sakala, Banda, Patson, Mwepu then we have  Olympics by then we would be ready for the 2021 qualifiers and 2022 World Cup.”
The Belgian also advised players not to rush to go abroad in pursuit of professional careers but end up not playing actively.
“Lacking game time in Europe for most of our young players is blocking their progress. We must bridge the gap between senior players and young players by having more young players playing competitively regularly,” he added.
Sven has introduced scientific sessions for players and coaches as well saying he would love coaches in the league to equip themselves with computerised technical knowledge like the systems obtaining in Europe.
He singled Beston Chambeshi of Nkana, George Lwandamina of Zesco United and Bilton Musonda of Green Buffaloes as coaches that were playing some beautiful football in the league.