Coaches association tell Kambwili not to extend Reanard’s contract without consultaion

Zambia Football Coaches Association (ZAFCA) says the decision to extend Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard’s contract should not be unilateral.
Minister of Sport Chishimba Kambwili has hinted that Government is ready to extend Renard’s contract despite the Chipolopolo’s failure to qualify for the 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup finals.
ZAFCA general secretary Chris ‘Gaza’ Tembo said in Lusaka yesterday that the decision to extend Renard’s contract should not be unilateral but should involve all the stakeholders.
Tembo said since the coach has not delivered on his target of qualifying the team for the 2014 World Cup, there is need for Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) and stakeholders to meet and chart the way forward on the coach’s future.
“We have just been knocked out of the World Cup qualifiers, so let’s analyse the overall performance of the team. We should also look at the positives and negatives of such a decision.
“There is need to sit as stakeholders and chart the way forward. This is a delicate matter that needs wide consultation among stakeholders. The target for whoever will be the coach should be winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations title,” Tembo, who replaced Simataa Simataa, said.
He said ZAFCA’s assessment is that the Chipolopolo have not performed to exceptions after winning the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations title in Gabon.
“There is also need to restructure the national team but this can only be done once a new technical bench is in place. We have a talented pool of local players who can easily step up if nurtured well.
“We have, however, not done well in terms of local coaches’ development. There is need to equip our local coaches with modern coaching trends so that there is no problem when it comes to national team appointments,” he said.
Tembo said there is also need to start preparations for the 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup qualifiers since the Chipolopolo’s target still remains playing at the world soccer showpiece.
Zambia failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup after winning two, losing two and drawing another two games in the qualifiers that started last year.
They were edged out by Ghana, who beat the Chipolopolo 2-1 in the last qualifier last Friday.

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