FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya has challenged local coaches to produce players that will help Zambia qualify for the Russia 2018 World Cup.
Kalusha, who has a UEFA A coaching licence, said coaches are key in the development of the game.
He said coaching has become more scientific compared to the past years and that all trainers should endeavour to equip themselves with the latest trends and dynamics of coaching.
“Anything in football is possible but the most important question is, ‘Can Zambia rise to the occasion?’ We are challenging you coaches to produce players that can qualify Zambia to the 2018 World Cup and beyond,” said Kalusha during the Zambia Football Coaches Association annual general meeting in Lusaka last Saturday.
And Kalusha challenged local players to ensure Zambia qualifies for the Rwanda 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals.
Zambia will face Mozambique in the last round after beating Namibia 6-5 on penalties as the sides tied 3-3 on aggregate over two legs.
“It has been a challenge we have thrown to the local players. We are grateful to SuperSport for showcasing our local talent. Africa has seen what we have in Zambia and it is just important that we qualify to the tournament,” he said.
Kalusha commended fans for playing a significant role in Zambia’s victory over Namibia at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka last Saturday.
“We won the game from the stands. We could see the boys gained so much confidence when the fans cheered them through the penalties. That’s what should happen when we play at home. Fans play a very significant role,” he said.