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‘I am here to offer expertise’

DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO, Lusaka
NATIONAL team assistant coach Irfan Kawri yesterday arrived in the country saying he is in Zambia to offer his expertise and also learn from the technical bench led by George Lwandamina.
Kawri said in an interview on arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka that he feels honoured to be in Zambia after 15 years.
He was welcomed by Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) communications manager Nkweto Tembwe and some of his Zambian-based family members.
“It is a pleasure to be back after 15 years. It is an honour and privilege to be here and to work with the team. I am here to help the team in any way I can and I am also here to learn from them. It is mutual,” said Kawri, who was born from a Zambian mother and Indian father.
The 34-year-old also emphasised that he is assistant coach with no intentions of taking over from Lwandamina.
He called for unity saying he has come to work with both the players and the technical bench.
“I have made it very clear that I am coming to assist George. He is the head coach, am looking forward to working with him and also Chintu [Kampamba]. I have to make it clear that I am coming to assist and not as head coach. I am coming to work with the head coach and to work together as a team and for one cause,” he said.
He has brought his vast experience and knowledge he has gained from England ranging from coaching, scouting, opposition analysis and teaching.
Apart from skipper Christopher Katongo and midfielder Isaac Chansa, Kawri said he will get to know all the players in the team once he starts working with them.
Kawri will assist Lwandamina at the African Nations Championship kicking off on January 16.

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