Assistant coach welcome, says Simataa

FOOTBALL administrator Simataa Simataa says the engagement of the new assistant coach  Irfan Kawri to the Chipolopolo coach should add value to the team and not waste taxpayers money.

Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) announced the inclusion of Kawri to assist head coach George “Chicken” Lwandamina ahead of the Rwanda African Nations Championship (CHAN) next month.

FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya wrote on his twitter page that Kawri will assist Lwandamina as the team headed for CHAN.

“He will be assisting George Lwandamina and Lwandamina will be in-charge and head coach,” Kalusha wrote.

Simataa said if FAZ has considered that the appointment of the assistant will be beneficial to the team, then it is a welcome move.

“Team management in soccer has many dimensions. Modern soccer attracts many skills on the bench. Coach is just one of them. If FAZ after much consideration thinks the new person will add value well and good.  I hope Lwandamina has also agreed and the assistant was not imposed,” he said.

Meanwhile, Zambia Soccer Fans Association (ZSFA) patron Peter Makembo said the inclusion of the new assistant was fine but warned that Lwandamina should not cry foul if the team performs badly at CHAN.

“I hope this assistant was not imposed on Lwandamina. Fans do not want finger-pointing if the boys fail to put up a good performance. The good part is that Lwandamina will still lead the group. We will give support to the assistant,” he said.

Kawri has a Bachelor of Science degree in sports and physical training from the University of Bolton, also a holder of a UEFA B coaching license and an FA talent and identification certificate from the United Kingdom.

He was part of the former Chipolopolo coach Patrick Phiri’s Under-20 set up in 2000 before he left for UK.