FAZ withdraws $15,000 coach salary top-up

[By Bright Tembo]

THE Football Association of Zambia will not add US$15,000 to the salary of the yet to be recruited Chipolopolo national team coach.

FAZ has advertised the vacant position of national coach in the media with a take-home salary of $10,000 instead of the earlier stated $25,000.

According to sources at the Ministry of Sports, the association won’t top up on $15,000.

“It’s not possible that they are going to top up the US$15,000 on the coach’s salary because of the procedure which has changed and the whole process involved in recruiting the new coach, and you saw how FAZ was pulled from left to right by ministry people when word went round that the association had a coach, so the association won’t top up and will leave it like that,” the source said. “Imagine the association kept the money for six months that they wanted to pay the coach but the ministry pushed the association to the corner and I guess the association used the money for other things. I know the association would have managed to be topping up the money because of the replica [kit] programme and the bond would have also helped them.”

The source said with $10,000, FAZ won’t get a coach that will help the team get the right results.

“Which coach can you get with that money? It’s a clear sign that the national team won’t get the coach with right experience to drill the team and get the right results for our country,” said the source.

The coach will be in charge of the senior men’s national team and also overseeing Zambia’s developmental sides which are the U17, U20 and U23, both men and women.

The coach will also lead the programme of securing qualification to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and 2022 World Cup.

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