Monday Aug 02, 2021. 10:53
Kelvin Kaindu has landed the vacant Zanaco head coach job on a one-year deal.
Kaindu returns for the third time to the bench of the club he found fame as a player before becoming an assistant coach.
The ex-Zanaco winger has replaced Chris Kaunda, who officially left Zanaco this week after he was earlier sent on administrative leave in May following a 16-month reign of the seven-time Zambian champions.
Kaindu won four league titles with Zanaco as a player between 2002 and 2006 and one as assistant coach in 2009 just after he hung-up his boots.
He later took up his first head coaching job in 2011 away in Zimbabwe at Highlanders.
Kaindu returned to Zambia in 2018 to coach Power Dynamos for two seasons and later had a brief stint with Buildcon, before his short spell as Zanaco’s first assistant trainer.
His last stop was at Nkana last season where he spent five months, but parted ways with the record 13-time Zambian champions in April following a poor run of results.
Zanaco have not won the FAZ Super League title since 2016.
“I think it is very important for a big team like Zanaco to target the league but to go for six years without winning the championshipis a concern,” Kaindu said.
“I think if you look at the championships we had won in the past, I think I was one of the players in a team that was a bit more consistent who would lose it but probably win it back in the next two seasons.”
Kaindu inherits a Zanaco team that finished second in the FAZ Super League last season and will represent Zambia in the 2021/2022 CAF Champions League.