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ZAMBIA is hosting African football coaches attending the Castle Lager FC Barcelona coaching clinic which officially kicked off yesterday in Lusaka.

The four-day coaching clinic of mentors from across Africa would use Zambian national team players for practical sessions.

Head coordinator of the so-called FCBEscola, Isaac Guerrero, said they were firm believers in African football talent and were keen to play a role in grooming that talent through training the coaches.

“We hope through our efforts we will be able to ultimately produce the next stars from Africa, who will go on to be memorable greats on the international football stage.

“We are grateful for this opportunity afforded to us through this partnership with Castle Lager,” said Guerrero.

Guerrero and Daniel Alsina from FCBEscola would take the coaches through in-depth theory sessions, which would be supported by practical lessons.

Guerrero holds degrees in physical education and physical activity and sports, as well as other qualifications that include a level 3 UEFA professional coaching certificate.

He has worked as a head coach for various professional youth teams in Europe, and is currently the head coordinator of FC Barcelona’s youth training school.

And coach Daniel Alsina’s experience spans from years playing football for various teams, and also specialises in running football camps – which have included running camps for FC Barcelona, and coaching professional football teams. And Zambian Breweries marketing director Thomas Kamphuis said that was a great opportunity for the coaches to learn new skills from coaches who have worked with some of the best talent in the world.

“We are confident that the coaches will be able to take what they learn over the next four days, internalise it, and use the skills to further develop the players they work with,” he said.

The coaching clinic will be held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka, and it include coaches from host nation Zambia as well as Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

The Football Association of Zambia had selected six coaches to participate in the castle lager FC Barcelona coaching clinic.

The six coaches include head coach of Power Dynamos Tenant Chilumba, head coach Lusaka Tigers Chanda Mwape, Head Coach of Zambia U23 Joel Bwalya, assistant coach Zambia Women’s National Team and Green Buffaloes Beauty Mwamba, Head Coach of Nchanga Queens Charity Nthala and assistant coach of Zambia U17 Women and Head Coach Olympic Flying Queens Kape Melissa.