Ponga Liwewe wants a permanent Zambian coach

Ponga Liwewe wants a permanent Zambian coach
George Lwandamina, ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jun 22, 2016. 12:27

Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) general secretary Ponga Liwewe says they need a permanent coach to solve their existing problems within the national team.

Liwewe was quoted by the Post of Zambia after their 2016 COSAFA Castle Cup loss against Swaziland in Namibia on Sunday.

He said the fact that coach George Lwandamina is focusing on Zesco United and Chipolopolo means his attention is divided, and they now want a permanent solution.

This comes after Zesco's participation in the CAF Champions League last weekend against Egypt's Al Ahly whom they beat 3-2.

Lwandamina's focus on the continental club tournament left the national side without a head coach in Namibia.


However, the new secretary genereal said they will take the lessons from the regional showpiece and ensure they improve during the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

“You know we have had this coaching dilemma and the association’s position is that we need a permanent coach and we are working towards that,” said Liwewe.

“I think that will give us a bit of stability on the team. As you have seen now George Lwandamina has club commitments and national commitments.

“So it simply means it was never to be a permanent solution but a temporal solution.

“Yes, we will be playing against the giants of Africa in the World Cup qualifiers but Zambia is always a team that gives the best teams in Africa to run for their money. So we will give 100 per cent on all fronts.”

Meanwhile, it has been announced that the draw for the qualifiers of the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be staged on Friday at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

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