Hunt for new Chipolopolo coach continues

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By Jeff Kapembwa

Lusaka - The hunt for the Chipolopolo national football team coach continues with only one Zambian top-flight coach applying for the job.

This is despite pressure from the football body to find a replacement for Wedson Nyirenda, who resigned last month.

The president of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), Andrew Kamanga, said the governing body is yet to advertise the vacant position and currently has no one in mind, despite plans to find a replacement as soon as possible.

Sources at the football house have confirmed to The Southern Times that efforts to fill the vacancy have been stepped up. 

This is mainly due to Chipolopolo’s various national obligations involving the COSAFA Cup and the upcoming African Cup of Nation scheduled for Cameroon next year.

“Danny [Kabwe] is the only Zambian who has applied for the job as senior Zambia national soccer team coach….the rest are foreigners that submitted their applications for consideration but by then, Nyirenda had not left,” the source said.

Kabwe (53), the coach of premier league side, Lusaka Dynamos, is a seasoned soccer trainer and once served as Nyirenda’s assistant at national level.  He holds a EUFA B certificate obtained from England. 

In 2002 and 2003, he led the Zambia National Commercial Bank-premier sponsored side, Zanaco, to victory. He was until recently, coaching another premier side, Power Dynamos before relocating to Lusaka.

Nyirenda, the former Kaizer Chiefs player, in his letter of resignation tendered to FAZ on May 24, cited “many personal problems”, as part of the reasons for his decision.  He thanked President Edgar Lungu and supporters for helping him successfully execute his duties.

Nyirenda was appointed in September 2016 and served in the job until recently before joining Baroka FC.  

Beston Chambeshi, the current trainer for Kitwe-based super league side, Nkana FC is in charge of the Chipolopolo side, which has been participating in the 18th edition of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) in South Africa.

Meanwhile, reports have surfaced that 19 foreign trainers have shown interest in the Chipolopolo coaching post including Antonie Hey and Dietmar Demuth from Germany. Until recently, Hey, a EUFA pro-licence holder, was in charge of the Uganda Cranes.  

 

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