HAVING failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Zambia should now focus on the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.
FAZ should set the ball rolling by re-organising the national team and the technical bench as well.
The lads played better than the much-fancied Nigerians but the coaching staff disappointed many soccer fans.
The strikers, particularly the player at number 9, lacked the instinct to score goals. Justin Shonga, with predatory, skills was brought into the team when it was too late for him to make any impact.
Zambia has always performed well under foreign coaches. In 1974, Zambia played Zaire in its first Africa Cup final in Egypt under the tutelage of the renowned Yugoslav Ante Buselic.
The team had great players like the late Godfrey “Ucar” Chitalu, Boniface Simutowe, Peter M’hango and goalkeeper Emmanuel Mwape, to mention a few. The two teams drew 2-2 but Zaire lifted the cup in the replayed match by 2-0.
Twenty years later in 1994, Zambia locked horns with Nigeria in Africa Cup final held in Tunisia.
The Scottish coach Ian Potterfield led Zambia to that epic final that saw the Super Eagles beat Zambia 2-1.
During the 1996 Africa Cup finals in South Africa, Zambia finished third under Danish coach Rould Poulsen. In 2012, Zambia eventually lifted the prestigious cup with the French coach Herve Renard.
Incidentally, the current African champions Cameroon are trained by a German coach.
Egypt and Nigeria have qualified to the 2018 World Cup in Russia because the two countries employed qualified foreign coaches.
It must however be mentioned that the late Nigerian trainer Stephen Keshi was one of the most successful African coaches for steering the Super Eagles to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after their Africa Cup success in 2013.
We need an expatriate coach for us to qualify for the next World Cup finals.