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State backs Lwandamina Chipolopolo engagement

GOVERNMENT will support the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) if it opts to engage George Lwandamina on permanent basis as national team coach.
Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Vincent Mwale said in an interview in Lusaka on Tuesday that the decision to hire an expatriate coach or maintain Lwandamina is in the hands of FAZ.
Last week, FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya said the association will offer Lwandamina and his assistant Fighton Simukonda contracts if resources are not found to engage an expatriate coach.
“It’s up to them [FAZ] to decide. If they settle for Lwandamina and Simukonda it is okay,” Mwale said.
He said the ministry will continue looking for money to pay an expatriate coach even if Lwandamina is engaged on a permanent basis.
“I will continue fundraising for the coach. Sometimes people just wake up and say we want an expatriate coach and FAZ comes back to us. For example, we had pledges like US$6,000 and others are promising to house the coach, so we will keep those things for the future,” Mwale said.
He said paying a local coach will be a lighter burden for Government.
“I don’t know how much local coaches get but I am sure FAZ know the rates and they will be able to advise us. It will be a lighter problem for us as Government to pay a local coach,” Mwale said.

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