Newly recruited Chipolopolo coach Irfan Kawri has ditched the Zambia national team from their base at the ongoing African Nationals Championships (CHAN) in Rwanda citing ‘personal reasons’. He has since flown back to Zambia and is expected to connect back to England.
His departure from the technical bench leaves second assistant Chintu Kampamba to be the assistant coach as he is the only other coach with the team. Zambia faces Zimbabwe on Tuesday 19th January in a game expected to be tough.
Kawri was recently recruited by the Kalusha Bwalya led FAZ as an expatriate to help head coach George Lwandamina and was on the technical bench to Rwanda. The recruitment, although defended by sports minister Vincent Mwale attracted criticism from many soccer fans and some sponsors who argued that Kawri had no admirable CV to merit coaching the 2012 Afcon champions.
Meanwhile, aspiring FAZ president Andrew Kamanga yesterday addressed his supporters in Kabwe where a resolution was made that Kalusha Bwalya must be voted out of office at the forthcoming March AGM slated for Moba hotel in Kitwe.
Just last week, former Manchester United and England striker Andy Cole who has been in the country for a Barclays Bank press briefing urged FAZ to give chance to local coaches. Cole said that the poor performance of some African football teams at the World cup is due to squabbles between Football associations, coaches and players on the other side.