(By Darious Kapembwa and Tobias Phiri)
SPORTS minister Moses Mawere says the government still wants FAZ to employ a local coach.
Over 10 foreign coaches have applied for the Chipolopolo coaching job, the Football Association of Zambia has revealed. In an interview after he closed the 2019 Mopani/Redpath/GreenDoor Zambia Open at Nkana Golf Club on Sunday, Mawere said the government still maintained the US$10,000 for payment of a national team coach. He said it was difficult to increase funding towards coach’s emoluments in the face of poor results.
“Our counsel to them is that the government position is that they should get a local coach for now… otherwise for now we are comfortable to use a local coach looking at our standard, the 10,000 is still quite a significant amount of money for a coach. What is important is that when people start delivering it becomes easy for them to negotiate for pay rise but when there are no deliverables, it becomes very difficult for anyone to think of increasing the figures,” Mawere said.
“All the competitions we as government we advise they use local coaches.”
Zambia’s task includes the COSAFA Senior Challenge and qualifiers for next year’s CHAN competition.
“The US$10,000 was already on the table including the time we had Wedson Nyirenda. He was getting the same amount of money and we did not want to increase it or reduce it on the foreign coach. We said we will maintain it and we are still going with that. If there is need to increase it then we will sit down and see how we can adjust it otherwise it is still the same figure and this time around…we are comfortable with a local coach in the transition of finding another local coach. We said we will get a foreigner for the duration of the qualifiers and now that we have not qualified what FAZ has done is they have respected the contract,” said Mawere.
Meanwhile, announcing the development in Lusaka yesterday, FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala said all the applicants for the role were foreign coaches.
Kashala has also disclosed that Lyson Zulu has been appointed new technical director beating 17 others who applied for the job.
“The issue of the coach, we will announce to the public once the decision is made but I know the assertions going round that we are yet to appoint another coach. Yes, that is the direction of the boat but I think we have a board meeting this weekend where such issues will be discussed. We can’t let the cat out of the bag before the authorising meeting by the board,” Kashala said.
“It is something that will have to be clarified by the board whether they will go for a local coach or a foreign coach. Until then, we are unable to comment but there are a lot of applications and already there are more than 10 that have applied so far, all foreigners. We haven’t had local coaches applying so far.”
And Kashala said Zulu had the required qualifications for the new role at Football House.
“The Football Association of Zambia is pleased to announce the appointment of Lyson Zulu as Technical Director. FAZ is pleased with the cadre of applicants that applied for the role and those that were shortlisted demonstrated clear commitment to the advancement of Zambian football. There were 17 applicants and six were shortlisted,” he said.
“Mr Zulu was previously named as football development manager in February 2019 but following the interview process and recommendations by candidates and a FIFA official that conducted the interviews for the position of Technical Director, it has been concluded that Mr Lyson Zulu has the academic and professional qualifications to perform this role.”
Kashala also announced that Honour Janza, Danny Kabwe, Valentine Mbewe and Janny Sikazwe were among prominent Zambian candidates that were shortlisted for the role. Zambia is without a national team coach after FAZ refused to renew the contract of Belgian Sven Vandenbroek after he failed the contract mandate of qualifying the Chipolopolo to the Egypt finals this year.