Honour Janza needs someone experienced to help him drill the national soccer team if the Chipolopolo are to qualify to the Morocco 2015 AfCON, Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili has said.
Kambwili said FAZ should either think of employing a foreign and experienced coach or strengthen the current technical bench with an experienced local coach.
He said FAZ should immediately beef up the techincal team in order to get the maximum points from the remaining four games.
Kambwili said government was concerned with the poor results the team was bringing back home, adding that the remaining four games were crucial to the Chipolopolo’s qualification to the Morocco 2015 AfCON.
He said FAZ must take the matter seriously and find an experienced coach to assist Janza on the technical bench because the team’s results so far were “haunting and hurting” the country’s soccer reputation.
Kambwili said the current technical bench has shown signs of fatigue, adding that the two qualfiying games played so far had exposed weaknesses in the Chipolopolo techincal bench.
“I have directed the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) as a matter of urgency to find an exerienced coach to assist Janza. When you look at the last two games we played you are able to see that something is missing in the technical bench,” said Kambwili.
Kambwili said the only way for Chipolopolo’s survival was to beef up the techincal bench. “FAZ should take this matter with the seriousness it deserves. We need to beef up the team. I will not tell them which coach or individual to bring to the team, they will have to decide,” said Kambwili.
Zambia is in a tight corner for qualification to the Morocco 2015 after drawing agianst Mozambique on Septmber 6 and going down to Cape Verde (2-1) a week later.
Zambia is in Group F with Cape Verde toping the group on six points followed by the Black Mambas of Mozambique on four points while Zambia and Niger share a point each after playing two games.
The Chipolopolo will next week face the uncompromising Niger in Niamey in a must-win game.
Meanwhile Kambwili has directed FAZ to look for money and pay the U-17 and U-20 squads for qualifying to the youth Africa Cup of Nations in Niger and Senegal respectively next year.
Kambwili gave the directives after meeting the victorious U-17 national soccer team yesterday which qualified to Niger 2015 youth championship.
He said FAZ have no choice but to find money and pay all the outstanding obligations to the players.
“The U-17 and U-20 have qualified to the junior AfCON and it is important to pay them for the job well done. So I am now directing FAZ to look for money and settle the debt. I want you people to find money and pay both teams in the soonest possible time,” said Kambwili.
And FAZ confirmed receiving the directives from Kambwili, saying they would address the matter at an appropriate time.
“The minister has directed us to look for money to pay the U-17 and U-20. Both teams have qualified for the AfCON. However, we could not say anything, he is our minister and we have listened to his directives and his position on the matter,” said association communications manager Nkweto Tembwe.
And Tembwe has announced that Janza will not stop clubs from re-calling their players to feature in this weekend MTN-FAZ Week 26 games.
Tembwe said players will be allowed to go and play for their clubs if their teams request for them because the league has reached a crucial stage where teams want to get maximum points.
“The coach will allow the players to leave Chipolopolo camp and play for their teams if they ask for them. This is a crucial stage of the league because teams want to get maximum results and points,” he said.
Tembwe also said foreign-based players are expected to join the camp on Sunday before leaving for Niger on Wednesday next week.
Janza has summoned Christopher Katongo, Jacob Mulenga, Emmanuel Mayuka, James Chamanga, Nathan Sinkala and Rainford Kalaba.
Others are first choice goal minder Kennedy Mweene, Emmanuel Mbola, Kabaso Chongo, Stopilla Sunzu, Chisamba Lungu and Given Singuluma