Sven explains local coach snub

PROFILE PHOTO: NATIONAL team coach Sven Vandenbroeck (right) stretching a point to players during a training session at Barca Academy in Lusaka. PICTURE: MATHEWS KABAMBA

CHIPOLOPOLO coach Sven Vandenbroeck says he struggled to pick a local assistant as prospective candidates were reluctant to work with computer-related technology.
During a media briefing at Garden Court Hotel in Kitwe yesterday, Vandenbroeck said he is hopeful that the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) will give him the mandate beyond his nine months contract.
Vandenbroeck said he had consulted local coaches with the possibility of roping in an assistant coach but was taken aback by the lack of technological skills.
“Yes, I have a capable assistant. Chintu (Kampamba) was set up as a physical coach. After a few local camps, my impression was that his knowledge of the physical side was not adequate for what we were looking for. But he is a good field coach and he is committed, so I decided to take him in as assistant coach and I think he does it well,” he said.
“My thinking is if I take in an experienced coach, what is an experienced coach? Is someone who did 300 games in the local league experienced on international level? That is my first concern. Secondly, every coach is involved in a club, so if I ask him to go and watch a game, he is not available because he has his team, so in the end I have to do it myself.”

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