Expatriate coach coming

FAZ is this week expected to announce the engagement of an expatriate coach to drill the national team.

Sports Minister Vincent Mwale confirmed yesterday that FAZ had finalised a deal with an unnamed expatriate coach to take over from caretaker trainer  George “Chicken” Lwandamina.

Mwale told ZNBC Sports in a telephone interview from Eastern Province that he will meet with FAZ today over the matter.

He said Government will leave FAZ to handle the matter as it was the body put in place to run football.

FAZ last week appointed Lwandamina as caretaker coach, replacing Honour Janza five days before the 2017 Gabon Africa Cup qualifier against Guinea Bissau that ended in a barren draw.

Meanwhile, 15 out of 26 players reported for training yesterday at Nkoloma Stadium in readiness for the CAF African Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifier against Namibia in Windhoek this weekend.

Lwandamina said he did not have ample time to look at as many players as possible in the league, hence he had to work with those he was familiar with.

“I only have a week to prepare for the qualifier, hence I had to bring the players already there and I am familiar with. A coach needs a lot of time to identify other talented players,”he said.

Among those that trained yesterday  were Red Arrows players Paul Katema and Danny Munyau, Power Dynamos’ Christopher Munthali, Green Buffaloes’ Allan Mukuka and Jack Chirwa.

Zambia has failed to qualify in the last two editions of the CHAN and only finished third under Herve Renard at the inaugural tournament held in Ivory Coast in 2009.