By Kalumiana Kalumiana –
KELVIN Kaindu says he is looking forward to the challenge of coaching Power Dynamos, one of Zambia’s biggest clubs.
The former Zanaco winger and assistant coach was unveiled as Power coach after six years in ‘exile’ coaching in Zimbabwe.
Kaindu said in an interview in Kitwe that he hopes to win over his doubters with the results as he embarks on his first head coaching job in Zambia since moving to Zimbabwe in 2012.
He takes over from Danny Kabwe who coached him at Zanaco from 2002 to 2004 and won two league titles under his predecessor.
“I believe when you also started work, there was somebody who said you cannot work because you haven’t worked anyway but when given a chance to work, you proved yourself,” Kaindu told reporters at Arthur Davies Stadium yesterday.
He argued that despite starting coaching in a foreign land, he was able to make it and this showed his pedigree.
“I stood in a place where I didn’t know most of the people and stood alone and managed to archive something,” he said.
He added that his preliminary target was to ensure that Power finishes in the top three at the end of this season.
Kaindu left the Zanaco bench to join Zimbabwe’s second most successful club, Highlanders, where he finished runners up twice in 2012 and 2013.
On both occasions, Highlanders were separated by just goal difference for the league title with winners on both occasions Dynamos.
Kaindu later led Highlanders to the Mbada Diamonds Cup victory in 2013.
But Kaindu had modest success at Triangle leading them to a fourth place finish in 2015 before joining How Mine where he finished 10th in 2016 and then eighth and last year but marked it with a runner-up finish in the 2017 Chibuku Cup final.
“Being out there may not really be a disadvantage but I have played my entire career in Zambia and was an assistant coach at Zanaco.Even when I went Zimbabwe, I didn’t know any players there but I think I know most of these players here,” Kaindu said.
And Power chairman Bbenkele Haachitwe said the executive was backing Kaindu to steer the six-time champions to better fortunes.
“The target is to see the team finish in a respectable position that suits our status above the sixth position we finished last year,” Haachitwe said.
Kaindu will be assisted by Kampamba Chintu while Mwenya Chipepo will be his second assistant.
Meanwhile, Power also unveiled former FAZ executive committee member Happy Munkondya as their new secretary who take over from Ricky Mamfunda who quit a fortnight ago.