Hockey body request for expatriate coach

LUSAKA Sharks captain Blessings Lowele (left) battles with Zimbabwe’s Hippo Club’s Tendai Maredza during the Africa Cup of Club Championship at Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: ANGELA NTENTABUNGA

THE Zambia Hockey Association (ZHA) has written to the International Hockey Federation (IHF) requesting for an expatriate coach ahead of the under-21 World Cup qualifiers.
ZHA national coordinator Thomas Mumba said in Lusaka yesterday that Zambia lacks qualified coaches to handle the national teams.
Mumba said the experience gained from the just-ended Africa Cup Club Championship held at Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka will help the country compete to expectation in the qualifying race.
“We have already submitted our request to IHF for an expatriate coach. We looked around among the local coaches and no-one meets the standards needed for the national team coach,” he said.
Mumba said the under-21 World Cup qualifiers will be competitive and ZHA is leaving no stone unturned.
The qualifiers are scheduled for March.
Mumba, who is currently handling both the men and women national teams, said his executive wants to ensure Zambia qualifies for the World Cup.
The men’s World Cup will be held in Uruguay while India will host the women’s tournament.
Mumba said he wants to concentrate on administration.
“I am the only one who is qualified to coach the national teams. But the problem is that I am also involved in administration, so for now, I want to concentrate on administration and leave coaching to someone else,” he said.

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