The increasing number of former footballers taking up coaching as a career has cheered Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya who has indicated that Football House was ready to assist the former stars.
Kalusha has emphasized that the association will always endeavour to avail latest methods of coaching to all that may be interested in football coaching as a career.
“The era of just anyone becoming a coach because he or she once played football in their life is gone. Just like any other profession, football requires one to be schooled before they can sit on the bench and be called coaches,” Kalusha said.
The 1988 Africa footballer of the year and one-time national team coach implored the new coaches to walk the talk and put what they have learnt into practice. In a speech read on his behalf by FAZ technical director Honour Janza at the graduation ceremony, Kalusha said “I want to remind you that obtaining the paper alone is not enough.
You have a bigger role now to put into practice what the lecturers have taught you and further impart the same knowledge to others who may be contemplating taking up coaching as a career.”
A total of 30, mainly former footballers graduated at the weekend after undergoing a two weeks intensive CAF “C” licencing course at Lusaka’s Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC).
Among the new graduates were former Chipolopolo defenders Dennis Banda and Allan Kamwanga, Dears Kakunta, Owen Kaposa and Sekelani Mwale.
FAZ has of late been holding seminars and workshops to update all officials in refereeing, management and coaching in almost all the provinces.
Meanwhile FAZ treasurer, Rixie Mweemba has said that there is need to have many people schooled in modern football administration if the country is to continue on the path of development in as far as football is concerned.
Mweemba has also implored those that have acquired the modern knowledge to be practical and share the information with other people. The veteran football Administrator and FIFA Instructor said this at the close of a FIFA Football Administration and Management course for all Lusaka based clubs held at Lusaka Hotel.
“Our resolve to continuously make Zambian football better is real and a serious one. We are aware that both the technical and administration staff needs to have modern methodologies of football at their fingertips.” he said.