THE National Sports Council of Zambia (NCSZ) says it shall summon Chipolopolo coach Honor Janza and Football Association of Zambia president Kalusha Bwalya after the Africa Cup of Nations to resolve the standoff regarding Janza’s contract as head coach.
NCSZ acting secretary general Innocent Chalabesa charged that the council was worried that the controversy might affect the national team’s performance in Equatorial Guinea at the 2015 AfCON.
He said the council would commence investigations after the AfCON since both parties were out in Equatorial Guinea.
“The matter can only be best dealt with if both Janza and Bwalya come back from AfCON. For now we shall regard Janza as interim coach,” he said.
Chalabesa said the council shall continue supporting Janza as interim coach until he decides to relinquish his substantive position as technical director.
“We shall need to speak to FAZ and Janza so that they can tell us what they agreed on when he was engaged as interim coach. We do not want to distract the players’ concentration as a result of their coach’s contract,” he said.
Chalabesa said the council was worried by media reports which suggested that Janza felt disrespected for going to the AfCON without a contract.
He said Janza’s contract might also depend on how the national team would perform during the AfCON.
“We remember that FAZ promised Janza a contract if he qualified the team to the 2015 AfCON, of which he successfully did but the pressure still remains on him depending at which stage the team might be eliminated,” he said.
Chalabesa said the pressure from soccer fans might be less if Janza managed to pull through the early stages of the tournament.
“If the national team will be eliminated in the early stages of the AfCON pressure from soccer fans will be on Janza that he should not be given a contract,” he said.
Chalabesa added that the council was also worried that the national team was not in Equatorial Guinea earlier than today, adding that the delay might have a bearing on the boy’s performance.
He said the delay will definitely have an impact on the national team, adding that the team should have been in West Africa earlier in order to adapt to the environment.
Chalabesa said the council would also investigate why the national team delayed to get to Equatorial Guinea.