By MOSES CHIMFWEMBE –
THE Zambia Football Coaches Association (ZAFCA) has implored the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to consider giving newly-appointed Chipolopolo interim coach Honour Janza a long term contract.
Janza, who is FAZ technical director and former Chipolopolo assistant trainer, was on Monday appointed interim national team coach following the departure of Frenchman Patrice Beaumelle, who was serving in the same capacity.
In welcoming Janza’s appointment in an interview yesterday, ZAFCA vice president Lewis Shambulo hailed FAZ for considering a local coach for the Chipolopolo top job.
Shambulo said the appointment of an indigenous Zambian as senior national team coach was long overdue and that Janza was highly qualified to guide the team to success.
“As ZAFCA, we have always been for the idea of having a local coach at the helm of the senior national team and I think the appointment of Janza is a culmination of what most people have been calling for.
Janza is highly qualified to coach Chipolopolo and in addition to that, he has been with the team for a long time and we feel he is a perfect fit to lead the squad,” he said.
Shambulo urged Football House to give Janza a long-term contract for him to put in place a strong squad even after the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be staged in Morocco.
He said Janza was capable of delivering positive results of qualifying the Chipolopolo to the 2015 AFCON and beyond that FAZ needed to cement his future as a way of motivating him.
Shambulo appealed to FAZ to ensure that same conditions of service that expatriate coaches enjoyed are applied to Janza.
He said coaches in the country were in full support of Janza’s appointment and they would not hesitate to offer assistance when called upon.
“We know the big task that lies ahead of Janza which is to qualify the team to the 2015 AFCON and we are confident that he will steer the team to success, so it is prudent for FAZ to give him a contract that will keep him for some time because we have to look beyond the Africa Cup.
He (Janza) should be subjected to the same conditions that Herve Renard and Beaumelle were offered but all in all, it will be cheaper for FAZ,” he said.