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FAZ engages Dutchman

ARRIVAL: ZAMBIA national soccer team assistant coach Nico Labohm (centre) with FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe (left) and security officer Ben Silwamba at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka yesterday. Picture: CHANDA MWENYA

THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has engaged Nico Labohm as assistant national team coach.
The Dutchman arrived at Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at 10:00 hours yesterday and was received by FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe.
“I am not new here. I have been in Zambia a couple of times,” Labohm said.
He has conducted coaching courses on the Copperbelt.
Labohm is a Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) instructor with more than 30 years of experience.
Labohm’s appointment comes barely a week after Minister of Youth and Sport Chishimba Kambwili directed FAZ to beef up the national team technical bench.
The Chipolopolo face Niger in the 2015 Morocco Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Niamey on Saturday.
And FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya is confident Labohm will add value to the technical bench.
Addressing journalists at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, Kalusha said Labohm has been engaged to assist national team coach Honour Janza find a winning formula.
Zambia were held to a goalless draw by Mozambique on September 6 in Ndola and four days later lost 1-2 to Cape Verde in Praia.
Kalusha said the Dutchman will be attached to the national team until the end of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
“If he enjoys his work he is free to extend his stay,” he said.
Kalusha described the Dutchman as an experienced coach.
Labohm has worked with youth teams in India and South Africa.
Kalusha called on Zambians to rally behind Labohm.
Meanwhile, Kalusha has urged national team players to work hard and beat Niger.
“Work hard and history does not win you medals and it cannot score goals for you. But commitment and talent will score goals. We have to win in Niger,” said Kalusha, who was flanked by his deputy Boniface Mwamelo, treasurer Kelvin Mutafu, and committee members Jeff Chipilingu and Lennie Nkhuwa.
Zambia and Niger have a point apiece, Cape Verde lead Group F with six points while Mozambique have two points.

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