FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya should give Chipolopolo coach Honor Janza a permanent contract, Zambia Sports Fans Association (ZSFA) patron Peter Makembo has demanded
Makembo said giving Janza a permanent contract as Chipolopolo head coach would motivate him to work extra hard during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AfCON) that starts this Saturday.
“As soccer fans we are worried that up to now FAZ has not given coach Honor Janza a permanent contract as promised by the association,” he said.
Makembo said FAZ promised to give Janza a contract once he qualified the team to 2015 AfCON.
He said Janza struggled to qualify the national team to AfCON, adding that fulfilling the promise made to him would be his motivation in Equatorial Guinea.
Makembo said Janza needed to be motivated as the team travels to Equatorial Guinea for a national assignment. He said it was unfair for the coach not to be given a contract when the association secretary general George Kansengele and communications manager Nkweto Tembwe had contracts.
Makembo said Minister of Sports Chishimba Kambwili made it very clear that Government would support any coach appointed by FAZ.
He said Janza was capable of delivering at the 2015 AfCON following the qualification of the team to Africa’s most prestigious soccer tournament.
“Every time we depend on foreign-based coaches but this time we have appointed a local coach (Janza) who has delivered and shown that he is capable of delivering. As Sports Association of Zambia, we feel that Janza deserves a permanent job,” he said.
And soccer analyst Chibulu Musonda has expressed concern that Janza would today leave for Equatorial Guineas without a permanent contract.
Musonda said Janza would be drilling the Chipolopolo Boys as a caretaker coach at the 2015 AfCON.
The squad, which is expected to leave South Africa for the battlefront today, still has no permanent coach.
Musonda said it was unfortunate that Janza still had not been presented with the promised permanent contract to sign. “Does anybody remember when last Zambia was coached by a ‘‘baby sitter’’ at the continent’s showpiece?
“Why is Janza not receiving the honour of a permanent deal as promised by FAZ president Kalusha after the qualification campaign?” he asked.
Musonda wondered why FAZ had never are treating a foreign coach the way they treated Janza, adding that it showed lack of confidence in the coach’s ability.