By Sports Reporter
NEWLY appointed national soccer acting coach Wedson Nyirenda says he is aware of the expectations which come with his new job and hopes that his philosophy will help re-establish Zambia’s glory after failing to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
And Nyirenda has summoned 33 players which comprise of nine professionals to camp ahead of the game against Nigeria in the World Cup qualifiers.
Setting out his philosophy Nyirenda said: “I took this job because I am one person who loves challenges. I did something when I was at Zesco United which is now a household name in Africa,
Nyirenda who was unveiled to the media by FAZ Deputy General Secretary Lombe Mbalashi at a press briefing at Football House yesterday said he did the same for Zambia and the Mozambican club where he had just come from.
Nyirenda fondly called Wada Wada by his fans said he was aware of the prospects which came with being Chipolopolo head coach and hoped that his philosophy would help to restore Zambia’s glory after failing to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. “With good cooperation, good work culture and a good understanding between myself, the players and other stakeholders we are going to do a good job,” said Nyirenda.
But above all he said there need to change the players mentality and to change how things were done in the field.
Nyirenda claimed that presently Zambia’s winning mentality was at its lowest level.
“We must have a winning mentality. I think we are at the lowest level but we need to give our players the confidence that they can do it,” he said
Nyirenda said he was coming to rebuild the team so that it was ready to qualify for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup. He admitted that the Chipolopolo Boys had not been doing well in the recent past.
He said there was also need to look at the factors that led the team to keep on going down in terms of performance. He was of the opinion that the national team started to backslide from the time it won the AfCON 2012 Cup
Nyirenda however said that there many other factors which needed to be looked into to establish why the national team was performing poorly. “My predecessors did their part but we need to do more. It is nobody’s fault that we are where we are today. It is football.” He said.
He said anything in football was possible and referred We were written off in 2012 but we emerged victorious. Look at Zesco United, no one expected them to come out of their group in the Caf Champions League but they have reached the semi-finals. We are in the group of death but if we all work together we are going to pull a surprise.” And Nyirenda has summoned 33 players which comprise of nine professionals to camp ahead of the game against Nigeria in the World Cup qualifiers.
Goalkeepers:Jacob Banda (Zesco United), Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Racha Kola (Zanaco)
DEFENDERS:Lawrence Chungu, Billy Mutale (both Power Dynamos), Fackson Kapumbu, George Chilufya, Ziyo Tembo (all Zanaco), Simon Siliwmba (Zesco United), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Kabaso Chongo (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Stopilla Sunzu (Lille, France), Donashano Malama (Nkana)
MIDFIELDERS: Roderick Kabwe, Charles Zulu (Zanaco), Fwayo Tembo (Power Dynamos), Rainford Kalaba, Nathan Sinkala (both TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Cletus Chama, John Chingandu, Misheck Chaila, Mwape Mwelwa (all Zesco United), Jack Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Spencer Sautu (Green Eagles), Chisamba Lungu (FC Ural, Russia)
STRIKERS: Justin Shonga (Nkwazi), Jackson Mwanza (Zesco United), Winston Kalengo (AC Leopards, Congo-Brazzaville), Lewis Macha (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Patson Daka (Power Dynamos), Collins Mbesuma (Highlands Park, South Africa)