Soccer Review with STEPHEN PHIRI
TWO coaches in the Super Division have been fired in the last two days.
Kabwe Warriors have parted ways with Kampamba Chintu and Konkola Blades have cut Enos Silwimba’s contract. This state of affairs is saddening.
Officials at the two clubs attributed the dismissal of the coaches to poor performance.
It is unfortunate that coaches are used as scapegoats when desired results are not coming their way.
The Super Division kicked off on April 8 and three months down the line, six coaches have been shown the exit.
Others that were fired this season are Ahmed Suliman (Mufulira Wanderers), Elijah Chikwanda (City of Lusaka), Zeddy Saileti (Nkana) and Bruce Mwape (Nchanga Rangers).
Chikwanda and Saileti have been engaged by Warriors and Lumwana Radiants, respectively.
Why are teams in a hurry to fire coaches three months into the season?
It is a pity administrators and club owners expect desired results when they have not invested in quality players.
It is not only unfair but criminal as well to expect to reap where you did not sow. If you recruit average players, you should not expect to represent the country in the CAF Champions League or Confederation Cup.
It is important for administrators and club owners to be moderate when setting targets.
It does not make sense for a coach to be tasked to win the league title when a good number of players recruited are from academies.
Such demands are overzealous.
Coaches at Zanaco, Zesco United, Power Dynamos, Lusaka Dynamos and Napsa Stars among others are under pressure to win the league title because their sponsors have invested millions of Kwacha to strengthen their teams.
Therefore, it is utterly shocking to see Nchanga Rangers dismiss coach Bruce Mwape when several players recruited were from academies within Chingola.
This is a club which has received very little attention from Konkola Copper Mines, just like sister club Blades.
Were Mwape and Silwimba’s dismissals justified?
It is high time the Zambia Football Coaches Association (ZaFCA) came to the aid of its members.
We cannot have a situation where coaches are changed like stockings.
ZaFCA should stand up and speak for the vulnerable coaches.
I wish Zanaco and Zesco United success in this weekend’s Africa inter-club matches.
Since Zanaco are leading Group D in the CAF Champions League, I expect them to overcome Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca on Saturday to progress to the quarter-finals.
I also expect Zesco to beat Sudanese side Al Hilal Ubayyid in the Confederation Cup Group C match in Ndola on Saturday.
Al Hilal have already qualified for the Confederation Cup quarter-finals and the onus is on Zesco to rise to the occasion and advance to the last eight.
Good luck to the national team as they face Tanzania today in the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations Senior Challenge Cup semi-final match.