THE Zambia Football Coaches Association (ZAFCA) has asked the FAZ to give Chipolopolo interim coach George ‘’Chicken’’ Lwandamina a contract and a competitive salary equivalent to that of an expatriate coach.
Speaking in an interview in Lusaka yesterday, ZAFCA president Patrick Kangwa reiterated that it was unreasonable for FAZ to want to pay an expatriate coach about US$25,000 (K185, 000) per month while Lwandamina and Honour Janza ‘’work for nothing’’.
“FAZ should give Lwandamina a contract plus a competitive salary. The fact that Lwandamina is a Zambian coach doesn’t make him inferior to an expatriate. If Lwandamina will act for three weeks, they should pay him the same amount that the expatriate will get,” he said.
He described the dismissal of Janza as acting national team coach as extremely unprofessional.
“It is unfortunate that the service of Janza was terminated in such a manner. How can FAZ give Janza his letter of termination upon arrival at the airport, which was very unprofessional? I commend Janza for his patriotism despite working without a specific contract or salary. It’s not easy but he managed,“ he said.
Kangwa cautioned Lwandamina to take a leaf from what happened to Janza and ensure it did not happen to him.
“We welcome Lwandamina and wish him well. He is an experienced coach and we are hoping the best from him. But he should not allow what happened to Janza to recur. He should demand for a contract whether for days, weeks or month. There is no doubt that FAZ can do the same thing of using him without a single ngwee,” he said.
He revealed that the ill-treatment of local coaches was among the major topics that will be discussed during the association’s annual general meeting on July 4 at Government Complex in Lusaka.
He said the association was hopeful that Zambia will still get the maximum points in the game against Guinea Bissau in the Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola this Saturday.
He said firing a coach four days before a crucial match was risky, but hoped they boys would put that behind them and focus on the game.