Coaches Association backs calls to advertise Chipolopolo’s coach job

Patrice Beaumelle
Patrice Beaumelle
THE Zambia Football Coaches Association (ZAFCA) has backed appeals to the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to have the Chipolopolo job advertised.

Following the departure of Herve Renard, FAZ appointed assistant coach, Patrice Beaumelle in a caretaker capacity.
The Frenchman is yet to win a game after losing two international friendlies against Brazil and Jordan.
ZAFCA vice-president, Lewis Shambulo said in an interview yesterday that advertising the job would give an opportunity to local coaches to apply and that it would widen the spectrum of choice for the national football governing body.
Shambulo said Zambia had a lot of highly qualified coaches that had the potential to propel the national team to success if they were given a chance to do so.
He said Zafca was waiting for FAZ to make a decision on the matter and expressed confidence that the job would be open to all interested applicants.
Shambulo also requested FAZ to attach more local coaches to the senior soccer team for them to get acquainted with the demands of the job at that level.
He said doing so would ensure continuity once expatriate coaches decided to leave the country for greener pastures
The former schoolboy international, however, hailed the cooperation that existed between ZAFCA and the FAZ technical team in building capacity of local coaches which he said had resulted in the coaches acquiring the necessary skills to improve football in Zambia.
“As far as we are concerned, Patrice (Beaumelle) is a caretaker coach and we will be waiting for FAZ to decide on what step to take next, but obviously advertising the job will be the most prudent way of handling the issue.
“We have a number of local coaches who may be eying that job and we think they should be given an opportunity to try their luck,” he said.
Former FAZ official Marcha Chilemena called on the national football body to advertise the Chipolopolo job and allow Beaumelle to apply.