Zambian coach feels let down
Lusaka- Having drilled the former 2012 AFCON champions for over a year now as acting coach Honour Janza says he feels frustrated that the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) have shown little respect for his contributions by discussing his contract in public.
Last week, FAZ chairperson Kalusha Bwalya told delegates to the non-elective annual general meeting at Mulungushi Rock of Authority in Kabwe that Janza is not going to be offered the coaching job despite being promised verbally, and that he will be replaced by a foreign trainer.
Bwalya said the association has decided to engage a foreign coach who will fit the profile of the national team, to replace Janza, who took over in an acting capacity from Frenchman Patrice Beaumelle last August.
Janza, whose substantive job is technical advisor to the national team, qualified the Chipolopolo to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Equatorial Guinea, although the team failed to progress from the group stage.
Bwalya was responding to a question from Zambia Football Coaches Association president Patrick Kangwa, who wanted to know whether FAZ would offer Janza a contract.
He said: “The FAZ executive committee sat and evaluated the performance of the technical bench and the decision was made to find a foreign coach who will fit the national team profile. Janza still needs more training. We should not be blind that we put a local coach just for the sake of it.”
He added that the football association wants Janza to concentrate on his job as technical director.
Meanwhile, FAZ general secretary George Kasengele said there is need to assist four local coaches to obtain UEFA A coaching licence qualifications.
“Everyone that applies for the national team coaching job has a UEFA pro-coaching licence. This is so because the Zambian national team coaching job is one of the most sought after on the continent. We have had applications from world-class coaches like Sven Goran Erickson just to mention a few,” Kasengele said.
But Janza feels belittled by the discussion of his contract at a public forum, having been promised that his working conditions would be reviewed in due course, but only to hear the intention to hire a foreigner.
Janza who sat on the bench when Zambia played Rwanda in a recent friendly in Lusaka said he was disappointed.
Zambia defeated Rwanda 2-0 at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on March 29, courtesy of second half goals from skipper Rainford Kalaba and midfielder Allan Mukuka.
Short of stating it was unprofessional conduct, Janza said he was not happy that a matter so demoralising to him was spoken out publicly a day before an international game which he found strange and against team spirit.
“That question is taking me where I don’t want to go because I may say something wrong but I must say that I am not happy. It’s not easy to hear that before an international game and it was very difficult for me to concentrate and win this game.
“What is surrounding me is not good. To take such matters to the media or even more to an AGM before I am told, is wrong. It’s a matter for management to talk but I don’t know, I am not happy,” he said, adding that he was ready to leave but preferred to be informed first of the decision about his future.