THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) is not being honest over the engagement of full time local national team coach because it is still interested in a foreign trainer.
Former FAZ executive committee member Keagan Chipango said FAZ was not ready to give George Lwandamina a contract because right from inception, they have wanted a foreign coach.
In an interview with the Daily Nation yesterday Chipango said from inception, FAZ had clearly shown that they wanted a foreign coach by proposing to government US$25,000 as monthly salary.
He said after government’s failure to raise the money for a foreign coach, FAZ had no other option but to let Lwandamina continue training the national team.
“Last year, FAZ wanted to engage a foreign coach before Zambia vs Kenya Africa Nations Cup qualifier match on September 6. But US$25,000 was too much for government to raise in a short space of time hence the reason Lwandamina continued. I feel the reason for not giving Lwandamina the contract is not convincing,”
“Let them state how much Lwandamina wants and thereafter confer with government and corporate entities. FAZ is ready to spend on a foreign coach and not on our own,” he said.
Chipango said the alleged corruption scandals in FAZ had also eroded confidence from the corporate world hence the reason it may be difficult to sustain national team coach salary.
“I believe once FAZ is cleared of the corruption allegations, more corporate entities will be willing to invest. A corruption scandal always erodes investor confidence at any institution,” he said.
He said Lwandamina still had a chance to prove that he was the right man for the job in the Continental Championship, Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers.
Meanwhile, Zambia Soccer Fans Association (ZSFA) has appealed to FAZ to quickly resolve the issue of Lwandamina’s coaching contract.
ZSFA patron Peter Makembo said a contract will push any coach in a tight corner and work harder to meet the set targets.
“Lwandamina has been a true son of the soil in the past months. He has put in his level best and deserves a contract. Why should our local coaches wait for months or years to get a contract?
“Look at the past foreign coaches we have had, immediately they start, a contract is available. I feel this issue should be resolved quickly,” he said.
FAZ had stated through their executive committee member Happy Munkondya that Lwandamina will continue as Chipolopolo coach without a contract until resources are found.