‘We need quality coaches’


FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) presidential aspirant Andrew Kamanga says there is a shortage of quality local coaches in the country.

Speaking in Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation’s Sunday interview, Kamanga said Zambia has not invested much in enhancing the capacity of local coaches.
Kamanga said this scenario may justify calls to engage a foreign coach to drill the national team.

“If you look at where we are coming from, there was the era of coaches like Samuel ‘Zoom’ Ndhlovu, Godfrey ‘Ucar’ Chitalu, among others, but these are all gone. Currently, there is a shortage of local coaches. You can count them with your fingers.
“We have not invested in developing high-profile coaches. That is one area I feel we need to put in more effort. An expatriate coach is welcome at the moment but there will be need to define their role,” Kamanga said.

Patrick Phiri, George Lwandamina and Fighton Simukonda, among others, are some of the local coaches that stand out.
Lwandamina is acting Chipolopolo coach assisted by Simukonda.
Meanwhile, Kamanga has promised to improve the standards of refereeing if elected as FAZ chief.
The FAZ elections are set for March next year.