FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) has revealed why they have delayed or refused to give George Lwandamina a contract by stating that no Zambian coach has been attached to the national team with contractual obligations.
FAZ has however admitted that Lwandamina has a contract with Zesco United and would only be available for national team duties as and when FAZ needs his services. FAZ licensing manager Erick Mwanza, who refused to delve much on the Lwandamina contract saga said as much as FAZ wanted to see Zesco succeed in its CAF Champions League campaign, it also had an obligation to ensure that a top notch coach like Lwandamina was attached to the national team to ensure qualification to both continental and World Cup competitions.
“There is no crisis. Lwandamina has a contract with Zesco and FAZ is aware of this. But the status quo continues with Lwandamina taking care of the national team when the association requires his services,” Mwanza said.
Mwanza was short of confirming that the association had no cash to meet Lwandamina’s contractual requirements following Sports Minister Vincent Mwale’ admission last year that Government had no funds to meet the coach’s salary.
“The national team coach is paid by government and last year they told the nation that they could not raise US$25, 000 to pay the foreign coach, but we have yet to receive a word from the government if we can give Lwandamina a contract,” Mwanza said. Mwanza however maintained that the situation was receiving the serious attention it required adding that there were no problems in the consultations taking place between all stakeholders.
“There is no problem in this case, an announcement will effectively be made when the time is ripe but for now Lwandamina continues as coach of the Zambia national soccer team,” he said.
Since taking over from FAZ technical director Honour Janza last year in June as interim coach, Lwandamina has been at the centre of contractual controversey after positing positive results in the competitions Zambia participated in.
The soft-spoken coach is this weekend expected to be in the dug out when Zesco United host AL Ghazala Wau of South Sudan in the CAF Champions League preliminary round game at Levy Mwanawasa stadium in Ndola.
The MTN/FAZ champions were last year ejected from the same competition in the first round after losing 5-4 on penalties to AS Kaloum of Guinea.
Lwandamina is also expected to be in charge of the Chipolopolo when they face Congo in the 2017 Congo Brazzaville Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next month before meeting Guinea Bissau and Kenya in June.