Great Kalu at World Cup

The Zambian legend – the only player from this part of the world to win the African Player of the Year award – will not be kicking the ball in Germany. Neither will he be sitting on the bench after failing to take his beloved Chipolopolo – whom he coached – to the same World Cup finals during the qualifiers which ended last year. The Zambians finished third in their group behind surprise winners Togo and the Teranga Lions of Senegal. But while his countrymen will have to contend with watching the showcase as armchair viewers in the comfort of their homes, Bwalya will be heavily involved in World Cup finals. The Zambian master is part of the elite Fifa Technical Study Group whose duty is to observe international tournaments and identify new trends in the game. The group has been involved with the World Cup finals since the 1966 finals hosted by England. The group’s mandate is largely centred on observing teams in training and during matches. “The knowledge gathered is then discussed internally and evaluated,” said the global showcase’s website “The identification of technical and tactical trends not only provides matter for debate but also stimulates an exchange of views on the general development of international football. “The resulting analyses are compiled in a report that is made available to the Fifa member associations for educational purposes, with DVDs produced for additional visual support. “The combined material can assist coaches with the provision of stimulating training sessions on a day-to-day basis, with particular emphasis placed on improving playing standards and the continuous development of the individual player. “The pure match analysis is complemented by debates on general problems facing football. “One such discussion is the importance of national teams in the increasing globalisation of football. “The major tournaments, in particular, demonstrate the fervour with which people identify with their national teams.” Bwalya is part of a group of 12 coaches who will cover the tournament. Each of the 64 games at this year’s World Cup finals will be observed by two members of the TSG panel. “The TSG will also be responsible for the nominations for various awards such as the Budweiser Man of the Match and the Golden Shoe winner,” said “In addition the TSG will compile a list of outstanding players from which journalists will ultimately choose the Player of the Tournament. “There is a new award for the Gillette Best Young Player, to be selected from a shortlist of six drawn up after the semi-finals. “Half the candidates will be nominated by visitors to the official web site and half by the TSG, with the Technical Study Group selecting the winner. “Finally, the TSG will also decide the best goalkeeper at the tournament, draw up the Mastercard All Star Squad and the Most Entertaining Team, and select the winner of the FIFA Fair Play Award according to specified criteria. “So the duties of the TSG are many and varied, but their objective remains clear and simple: to promote the development of the world’s favourite sport.” Bwalya’s team will be headed by Holger Osieck who was the assistant coach of the Germany team when it powered to World Cup glory in Italy in 1990. “The TSG group at Fifa tournaments is made up of highly experienced football experts who have accumulated knowledge at the highest international level either as a current or former national coach. “Besides the aforementioned duties, members also speak directly to national coaches to gather additional team-specific information.” Bwalya is one of two African representatives in that special panel. The other is Cameroon legend Roger Milla. Bwalya is a member of the Fifa technical and development committee and vice-president of the Football Association of Zambia. He has an impressive CV that includes being a member of the Fifa TSG panel at the Olympic Games two years ago. l To Page C6 l From Page C8 He held coaching roles at Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven and was assistant coach with Mexican side Vera Cruz. Bwalya was also the Zambian national team head coach at 2006 CAF African Cup of Nations finals. He was African Player of the Year in 1988 and is Zambia’s all-time leading goalscorer and most capped player. The other 2006 World Cup TSG members Roger Milla (Cameroon) FIFA Football Committee Member Former clubs Montpellier (FRA) 1986-1989 Saint-Etienne (FRA) 1984-1986 Bastia (FRA) 1980-1984 Monaco (FRA) 1979-1980 Valenciennes (FRA) 1977-1979 Tonnerre Yaounde (CMR) 1974-1977 Leopard Douala (CMR) 1970-1973 Playing history Cameroon national team 1978 – 1994 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain (first round) 1990 FIFA World Cup Italy (quarter-finals) 1994 FIFA World Cup USA (first round) 1984 CAF African Cup of Nations (winner) 1984 Top scorer at the CAF African Cup of Nations (4 goals) 1986 Player of the tournament at the CAF African Cup of Nations 1988 CAF African Cup of Nations winner Roy Hodgson (England) Head Coach of Finland (since 2006) Head Coach of United Arab Emirates (2001-2003) Head Coach of Switzerland (1992-1995) Former Club Coach of: Viking FK (NOR) 2004-2006 Udinese Calcio (ITA) 2001 FC Copenhagen (DEN) 2000-2001 Grasshoppers (SUI) 1999-2000 Blackburn Rovers (ENG) 1997-1998 Internazionale (ITA )1995-1997 Neuchatel Xamax (SUI) 1990-1992 Malmo (SWE) 1985-1989 Orebro (SWE) 1983-1984 Bristol City (ENG) 1980-1982 Halmstad (SWE) 1976-1980 Holger Osieck (Germany) Head of FIFA Technical Development and Head of FIFA Technical Study Group at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, Germany assistant coach (1990 FIFA World Cup winner) Canada coach (2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup winner) Former club coach of: Olympique Marseille (with Franz Beckenbauer) Fenerbahce VfL Bochum Urawa Red Diamonds Kocaelispor (Turkish Cup winners) Andy Roxburg (Scotland) UEFA Technical Director (1994-present) FIFA Technical and Development Committee Member Member of FIFA and UEFA Technical Study Groups (TSG) at major tournaments Former Scottish Football Association Technical Director Coaching history: Scotland coach, 1990 FIFA World Cup and EURO 92 (1986-1993) Former Scotland Youth and U-21 coach Joseph Venglos (Slovakia) UEFA Technical Committee Member FIFA Technical Advisor Member of FIFA and UEFA Technical Study Groups (TSG) at major tournaments President of the European Union of Football Coaches Member of Slovak Football Association Executive Committee Coaching history: Head Coach of Australia (1967-1969) Czechoslovakia (1978-1982) (1987-1990), Malaysia (1986-1987), Slovakia (1993-1995), Oman (1996-1997) Czechoslovakia U-23 Coach (1970-1972) and Assistant Coach (1973-1978) Former club coach at Prague Sydney (AUS), New South Wales (AUS), VSS Kosice (SVK), Slovan Bratislava (SVK), Sporting Lisbon (POR), FC Kuala Lumpur (MAS), Aston Villa (ENG), Fenerbahce (TUR), Celtic (SCO), JEF United (JPN). Gyorgy Mezey (Hungary) UEFA Technical Committee Member Hungarian Football Federation Technical Director FIFA Coaching Instructor Member of FIFA and UEFA Technical Study Groups (TSG) at major tournaments Coaching history: Head Coach of Hungary at 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups, Head Coach of Kuwait Former club coach at MTK Budapest (HUN), Videoton (HUN), Honved (HUN), BVSC-Zuglo (HUN), Vasas (HUN) Playing history: A 17-year playing career between 1954 and 1971 with Budafok (HUN), Spartacus Sport Club Budapest (HUN) and MTK Budapest (HUN) Francisco Maturana FIFA Technical and Development Committee Member Member of FIFA TSG at 2002 FIFA World Cup Coaching History: Colombia coach, 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cups and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, Costa Rica coach (1998-99), Ecuador coach (1995-97), Peru coach (2000) Former club coach of Once Caldas (COL), Atletico Nacional (COL), Real Valladolid (SPA), Atletico Madrid (SPA) and Millonarios (COL) Playing history: Player with Atletico Nacional (COL), Bucaramanga (COL) and Tolima (COL) Teofilo Cubillas (Peru) FIFA Coaching Instructor Member of FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) at major tournaments Playing history: Member of the Peru national team that played at three FIFA World Cup finals – Mexico 1970, Argentina 1978 and Spain 1982 – and scorer of ten goals in the finals. Top scorer in the history of the Peru national team and sixth-highest scorer in the history of the FIFA World Cup. Copa America winner in 1975. Member of the ‘The FIFA 100’, an exclusive club of players with at least a century of international caps. Spells with club sides Alianza Lima (PER), Porto (POR), Basel (SUI) and Fort Lauderdale (USA). Jim Selby (Australia) FIFA Coaching Instructor Member of FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) at major tournaments Technical Director of Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Australian Football Association (AFF) National Coaching and Development Manager Chairman of AFF Technical Committee FIFA Instructor Olympic Solidarity FIFA Instructor working for Futuro II and III projects Member of FIFA TSG for Olympics 2004 and World Youth Championships of 1999 and 2005 Coaching history: Head coach of the Australian women’s national teams for ten years Ridrigo Kenton (Costa Rica) FIFA Coaching Instructor Member of FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) at major tournaments Member of FIFA’s TSG for the World Youth Championship in Holland in 2005 and the FIFA U-17 World Championship in Peru the same year. Coaching history: Assistant coach to Bora Milutonovic for Costa Rica at Italy 1990 and Nigeria at France 1998. Assistant coach to Alexandre Guimaraes for Costa Rica at Korea/Japan 2002. Head coach of Costa Rica#s Olympic team at Athens 2004, named Sports Personality of the Year in Costa Rica the same year. Playing history: A 15-year playing career with Deportivo Saprissa and other Costa Rican clubs Alvin Corneal (Trinidad) FIFA Football Committee Member FIFA Technical Advisor Member of FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) at major tournaments Special Technical Adviser to Trinidad and Tobago national teams Coaching History: Trinindad and Tobago national youth coach (1973-76) Trinindad and Tobago coach (1979-82 & 1990-91) Caribbean soccer coach (1982-83 & 1993-94) Kim Chon Lim (Maldives) Maldives Football Association Technical Director Asian Football Confederation Technical Director AFC Coaching Instructor FIFA Coaching instructor FIFA TSG member at FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 Kwok Ka Ming (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Football Association Technical Consultant FIFA Coaching Instructor AFC Coaching Instructor Member of FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) at major tournaments Coaching History: Hong Kong national team

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