Coaches on the hunt for jobs

For the Namibian post, Kosta and Bamfuchile have tendered their applications while for the South African job, Kosta and Bwalya are amongst others that applied and lastly for the Zambian job, only Kosta is confirmed as having applied for the job. The Serbian, Kosta, recently travelled to Zambia seeking a meeting with Zambian Sports Minister, George Chulumanda, and the Football Association of Zambia Executive Committee. He was, however, snubbed by Zambian officials. Papic was full of praises for Zambian football and singled out Collins Mbesuma, Christopher Katongo and his triumvirate at Pirates, Isaac Chansa, Perry Mutapa and Davies Mwape, as some of the greatest talents Zambia could currently brag about. Upon arrival, Papic who also coached Nigeria’s Enyimba Football Club, told journalists that he loved Zambia and expressed hope that he would be considered for that country’s top soccer coaching job. Zambia national soccer team (Chipolopolo) Soccer Fans Association of Zambia Patron, William Harrington, welcomed Papic at the Lusaka International Airport. The Zambian top coaching post will soon become vacant following Technical Director, Kalusha Bwalya’s announcement about two months ago that he would resign when his contract expires in July. Zambia’s assistant national team coach, Ben Bamfuchile who is the interim coach, has been in Namibia awaiting interviews, while his boss Kalusha is in South Africa biding for that country’s top soccer coaching job where he has already been short-listed as a possible candidate. The Serb resigned as Orlando Pirates coach last month to honour his promise that he would step down if the Buccaneers did not win the South African Premier Soccer League title after being closely in contention for the second successive season. Nonetheless, the former Orlando Pirates coach seems to be sending mixed plans as he also applied for the top job in Namibia. The Namibia Football Association is believed to have travelled to South Africa to try to lure the Serb. Both Zambia and Namibia will be active in July in the Group C, Cosafa competition, in Windhoek. Namibia is expected to name its new coach soon.

May 2006
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