Chipolopolo to rise again

FAZ president Andrew Kamanga

AT the 2019 Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) annual general meeting (AGM), major plans were brought to light, big pronouncements made and crucial decisions were reached.
President Andrew Kamanga, in his address to the FAZ councillors, gave both hope and direction on the way forward to setting Zambian football on an upward trajectory henceforth.
This comes after a bruised 12 months for Zambian football, especially the senior men’s national team.
Despite Government’s position on desiring a local coach to take charge of the Chipolopolo, Football House desires a high-profile expatriate well vested in international football and modern trends to put matters in order for a sleeping giant.
Considering what has happened post- 2012, and Sven Vandenbroeck’s engagement not working out, the stance on a high- profile trainer is welcome.
The trainer is expected to work in line with the FAZ 10-year strategy with his immediate targets being in the first four years.
During the four-year period, the association is targeting a good showing at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and a maiden FIFA World Cup bow at the 2022 edition in Qatar.
In addition to this, the 2019 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Senior Challenge Cup and 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) remain important competitions at which the sole target for entering will be winning.
To ensure that Zambian trainers are not left out and for the sake of continuous capacity building, plans are underway to have local coaches upgraded to international modern standards.

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