Give Lwandamina contract-Simataa


THERE is nothing that national team coach George Lwandamina has failed to do to make him work without a contract and those who are sitting on this issue must resign, veteran football administrator Simataa Simataa has charged.

Commenting on Lwandamina’s performance since he took charge of the Chipolopolo Boys in June, Simataa claimed Lwandamina was being abused by selfish individuals who had no respect for the rules of the game.

Simataa wondered why FAZ was giving so much respect to bogus expatriate coaches whose salaries and allowances were gobbling colossal amounts of money while overlooking performing local coaches.

“What is it that Lwandamina has failed to do to prove that he cannot be given a contract? And by the way, why is it that local coaches have to prove they can be awarded contracts when expatriate coaches are given jobs without any trial to prove they can do the job?

“Lwandamina, just like other local coaches engaged to national team duty, is being abused and this has to stop. When are we going to appreciate and respect our own coaches?

‘‘Those who are failing to give Lwandamina a contract must fall back and resign” Simataa said.

He wondered why FAZ had failed to recognise the critical role that local coaches continued to play but neglected their needs when it mattered most.

“We have had 20 to 21 expatriate coaches since 1964 but what did we get from them? Just one AfCON in 2012 yet we continue to pay so much attention to these coaches who are not doing anything!

‘‘We have had about 20 to 21 local coaches and we have achieved a lot even when they have not been given the attention they deserve.

“We qualified to the Olympics for the first time in 1988 under Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu but to-date, the only name that comes out when talking about that tournament is Kalusha Bwalya.

‘‘We were just a draw away from qualifying to the 1994 World Cup in USA but we lost 1-0 to Morocco. The team was under Fred Mwila.

‘‘Brighton Banda was the first coach to win the COSAFA  Cup but still all their performances have gone unnoticed. What is this?” he asked. He said Lwandamina was a ‘‘record breaker who does not need to be subjected to ambiguous try and error arrangements’’ as his record was there for everyone to see.

“In African history, we have never travelled to Sudan and beat them at home and then five days later beat them again. We have never recorded any double against that team; but here is Lwandamina, who is working without a contract, guiding the team to the group stage of the World Cup finals.

‘‘What more do they want? Enough is enough! This is not a joking matter because we expect Lwandamina to be given a contract with better conditions of service because he has nothing else to prove,” he said.

Lwandamina was appointed as interim coach in June this year, replacing Honour Janza who was also working without a contract after the departure of Italian Dario Bonnetti whose contract was terminated and later sued the Government and had to be paid K3 million.