THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) must act now and give George Lwandamina a contract to train the national team or shoulder the blame if he fails to deliver for both Zesco United and the Chipolopolo.
And FAZ should feel ashamed for putting the coach in an embarrassing position by failing or refusing to give him a contract despite praising him for the positive results he has produced since taking office last year.
Chipolopolo Soccer Fans Association (CSFA) chairman Yotham Mwanza said Zesco’s demand that Lwandamina chooses between coaching the national team or Zesco United where he already has a contract sent strong signals to the local football governing body.
“FAZ must act now and ensure that they do not embarrass Lwandamina. Every football loving fan has been calling for the association to give Lwandamina a contract but we do not understand why Football House is not coming up with a definite answer” Mwanza said.
He said giving Lwandamina a contract will help the distinguished coach make a bold decision and settle for one task instead of the dual roles he is currently undertaking which may in the long run undermine him.
“FAZ should be ready to take the blame if Zesco fails in its CAF Champions League campaign and the Chipolopolo fail to deliver in the AFCON 2017 and World Cup qualifiers. They are over loading Lwandamina” he said.
Mwanza maintained that following Zesco United’s demand on Lwandamina, the onus was on FAZ to either contract Lwandamina or let him concentrate on drilling his Ndola based side.
Following Football House’s silence on giving Lwandamina a contract, Zesco executive has come out demanding for his services thereby pushing the coach into a position where he may be forced to make a hasty decision.
The Zambia Football Coaches Association (ZAFCA) has single handedly led the calls for Lwandamina to be on contract while FAZ has in one breadth said they have no money to engage Lwandamina but still wants him to continue coaching the national team.
Sports Minister Vincent Mwale has also lent his voice to support the coach in being given a contract as Kalusha Bwalya has maintained that the soft spoken coach should be given a chance because he has proved his worth. The two responsibilities Lwandamina are undertaking are very taxing and he needs to concentrate on one if he has to make an impact. It will also be good for him to avoid being undermined if he fails in both tasks” Mwanza said.
Former FAZ executive committee member Keegan Chipango has categorically maintained that FAZ was not ready to give Lwandamina a contract because right from the inception, they have sought the services of a foreign coach.
Last year, FAZ was on the brink of engaging a foreign coach but the US$25, 000 proved too much for government to raise in a short space of time hence the decision to fall back on Lwandamina.
“Chipango has challenged FAZ to tell the nation how much they were ready to pay Lwandamina since they were ready to fork out for a foreign coach and then consult with government and corporate world.