I TOTALLY agree with Stephen Phiri in his ‘Soccer Review’ in the Daily Mail edition of June 7, 2017 on the elimination of the under-20
national team from the FIFA World Cup in South Korea. It was heart-breaking to see the gallant boys give away the match to Italy within two minutes before the end of the match.
It is true that we lost the quarter-final due to poor tactical skills by the technical bench headed by coach Beston Chambeshi. The team could have avoided the defeat to Italy if it had learnt lessons from the match against Germany.
In my humble opinion, FAZ should consider introducing a deliberate policy to send our national team coaches for refresher courses prior to participation in the finals of major tournaments such as the Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup. This must also include coaches for women football national teams.
The under-20 team performed exceptionally well because of a rigorous training programme that included going to Spain. What training programme did FAZ put in place for the team’s technical bench? The under-20 technical bench deficiencies were glaringly exposed by its apparent failure to make tactical changes to game plans.
Be that as it may, congratulations to our lads for reaching the quarter-finals at the tournament.