THE Zambia Football Coaches Association (ZAFCA) has strongly castigated clubs against issuing coaches with ultimatums when their teams fail to perform even when they lack quality players.
ZAFCA vice president Lewis Shambulo said in an interview yesterday that the under-performance of the team was not always the fault of a coach but due to other factors such as players’ quality.
“It is not fair to heap the blame on a coach whenever the team fails to perform. I wish to appeal to clubs not to easily issue ultimatums before looking at other factors that can cause the under-performance of a team.
“Some clubs lack quality teams or players and it is unfair to ask the coach for a miracle. Player quality also determines how a team performs. For instance, Zesco United has been performing well, not only because of the coach but also the high quality of players. Zesco has gone to the extent of buying players outside, just to have a winning team,” he said.
He said the clubs should understand that the Super Division was becoming more competitive. Hence, there was no small team.
He said clubs needed to invest in their players to produce positive results.
Shambulo said the trend by clubs to issue ultimatums put both the coach and players under pressure and the team might not deliver to expectations.
“The fact that a coach knows that his job is at risk makes him put pressure on the players. And it so happens that the team may even perform badly,” he said.
However, Shambulo said the club may come with ultimatums if the coach was failing to meet the target set in the signed contract.
“The coach should go back and look at the lined up targets in the contract. If it says he has to win 20 matches out of the 36, then he has to comply or risk being fired,” he said.
NAPSA Stars coach Wilson Mwale and Power Dynamos coach Tenant Chilumba have come under fire after their teams’ poor start to the season.
Mwale has been told to win the next two league matches after posting three losses and a draw with a game in hand or risk losing his job.
Last Saturday, Chilumba managed to record a 1-0 victory against Red Arrows after the club told him to up his game or face consequences.