CECILIA ZULU, Lusaka
ZAMBIA Air Force (ZAF) commander Lieutenant General Erick Chimese has directed newly-appointed Red Arrows coach Honour Janza to bring back the glory days at Nkoloma Stadium.
And Janza has his eyes set on the 2017 Super Division title.
Chimese said in Lusaka yesterday that there is need for Arrows to finish in the top three.
He is confident Janza will meet the expectation of the command.
â€œRed Arrows Football Club has been going through a tough time. We thought that as part of our way to correct the situation we change the management team.
â€œMr Janza, you are now the mentor. From now, you will be directing activities of the team. Our expectations are very high,â€ said Chimese after unveiling Janza at ZAF headquarters.
Arrows finished seventh last season with 46 points, 35 behind champions Zanaco.
â€œWe are convinced beyond reasonable doubt that you are the right man for the job. The team has been finishing somewhere sixth to seventh positions. But we are sure that you [Janza] will lead the team to finish at least in the top three or four. We are hopeful that you will help the team get back to the position it used to be,â€ Chimese said.
Arrows won the Super Division title in 2004 and the following year the ZAF-sponsored side reached the second round of the CAF Champions League losing 9-1 on aggregate to Nigerian side Enyimba.
Arrows reached the second round of the Confederation Cup in 2009 losing 4-3 on aggregate to Egyptian side Enppi.
Arrows were a force to reckon with in the 1980s when they lined up Johnstone Katowando, Ghost Mulenga, Aaron Ndhlovu, Paul Chimfwembe, Martin Besa, John Zyambo, Sandra Phiri, Patrick Phiri and Fanny Hangunyu among others.
The ZAF-sponsored outfit won an avalanche of silverware.
Chimese urged Arrows players to rise to the occasion this year.
Meanwhile, Janza commended the ZAF command for giving him the opportunity to drill Arrows.
â€œI am delightful to be part of the Red Arrows family. Coaching has always been my passion.Â Time has come to face the boom. We will work hard and ensure that we go for the best, at least winning the league,â€ said Janza, who was flanked by his wife, Alice, and children Lwendo and Milimo.
He was offered a two-year contract.
Janza also said he would continue serving as Football Association of Zambia technical director.
CECILIA ZULU, Lusaka