[By Bright Tembo]
THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) says the last few months have not been easy for the association having more than five national teams at different age group all in camp for various tournaments.
FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala said the camping of more than five national teams at once called for more resources which the association managed to handle.
“It has not been easy for us to have more than five teams in camp. This has not been easy. I am sure you are aware that it calls for resources and it takes good planning for you to manage such kind of events,” Kashala said. “I think we have tried and thank God we have managed to send all our teams for COSAFA and other engagements.”
He said the pressure has come as a positive for the association as it has managed to expose most of the players through such camps.
“The thing is that we know it has exposed some of our players. The Under 17, I’m sure you saw and agree that there is a lot of talent from there and this is a team we are looking up to going forward and the next few years will have some of the stars from the team,” Kashala said.
He said FAZ was working on a 10-year blue print that will change the face of Zambian football.
“All this happening, it shows that we have ideologies, it’s something talking to our manifesto and talks about what plans we have for the next ten years,” Kashala said.
“You will agree with me that we have had no consistence in terms of building our teams. We had our team in 2012 that brought us national pride and cup but after that the players retired. We didn’t have another crop of players and that has really brought us to be where we are now. So this is what we want to fight going forward.”
In the last three months, FAZ has managed to camp and send all national teams both men and women to various tournaments.