CHIPOLOPOLO coach Honor Janza has explained his deision to include nine U-20 players in the national soccer team local programme ahead of the Niger game.
Janza said his critics should understand that calling of local players who include junior Chipolopolo players was a continuous assessment programme for all the players in order to create a future for Zambian football.
He said there were three phases in football people should understand-which were short, medium and long programmes in the development of a team.
“I must prepare for others (coaches) too because I am not the first and last national soccer team coach. There will always be someone to take charge and what we are doing now is that we are preparing a future team,” he said.
Janza explained that the players summoned for the local camp was not the final team to represent the country when they meet Niger in the next three weeks.
He said it was important for a good coach to look beyond the Afcon qualifiers, questioning what would be done if the team qualified for the next World Cup.
“At the moment we don’t have U-23 or Zambia B, don’t you think it’s is only correct for me to create a pool of player from the U-20 boys? Remember it’s not me who should come up with a policy on the formation of the U-23, My job is to identify players and coach them,” he said.
Janza acknowledged the fact that Zambia has a pool of good players, adding that given a chance he would have summoned more than the number of players called to report for camp on Sunday.
Asked why he has left out Rodrick Kabwe, Moses Phiri and KabukaKapumbu, Janza said he still had plans for the trio.
“I know when to call them, I have seen what they can do. This time I want to see that boy from Konkola Blades striker Humphrey Maseneko if what he did was real last weekend against Zanaco in the Barclays Cup. I want to see if he is national material.
You know that when you are summoned for national team duties, you don’t go there for trials but to prove that you are worth wearing that jersey,” said Janza.
Janza has come under fire for including nine U-20 players in the senior National soccer team ahead of the Niger away game in Niamey.
Those summoned include Larry Bwalya, scorer of the only goal during the final leg of the Senegal 2015 qualifier match between Zambia and Malawi, Saith Sakala, Spencer Sautu, Boyd Mkandawire, KayaweKapota, Mangani Banda, Peter Mulenga, Patrick Ngoma and Alex Mwamba.
The nine have been instrumental in Zambia’s qualification to the Senegal 2015 Africa cup finals.