WEDSON Nyirenda will coach the Chipolopolo against Nigeria on October 9 in a 2018 World Cup qualifier after the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) yesterday announced his appointment as interim coach.
This is due to FAZ failure to conclude the contractual terms with the newly appointed coach Gordon Igesunde of South Africa.
Nyirenda will take over from George “Chicken” Lwandamina who failed to qualify Zambia to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Lwandamina was appointed interim coach by the previous Kalusha Bwalya led administration in June last year, taking over from technical director Honour Janza.
In a statement issued yesterday by FAZ, general secretary Ponga Liwewe said Nyirenda was appointed as assistant coach but will act as head coach until the soccer body finalised with the new coach.
“FAZ wishes to announce the appointment of Nyirenda as assistant national team coach with immediate effect. Nyirenda also subsequently will be acting national team coach. The process for the recruitment of an expatriate coach is still underway with finalisation between FAZ and the ministry of Sports.
“Once this is concluded Nyirenda will revert to his appointed role of full-time assistant national team coach,” he said.
Liwewe said Lwandamina has been released to allow him to focus on Zesco United who are in contention for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champion League title.
“The change is with immediate effect and we believe that Nyirenda will add immense value to the national team. In view of the fact that Zesco United are engaged in the semi-final of the CAF Champions League with two consecutive matches approaching, FAZ released Lwandamina to focus on this assignment which is of equal importance to the country. We believe that he can win the Champions league and are in a great position to do so,” he said.
Nyirenda is one of the most successful local coaches with a CAF A coaching licence.
He won titles with Zanaco and Zesco United and also coached the Zambia Under-17 national team.
Nyirenda, is currently coaching Mozambique side Ferraviaro da Beira.