Sports minister Moses Mawere says the government still wants FAZ to employ a local coach.
Over 10 foreign coaches have applied for the Chipolopolo coaching job, the Football Association of Zambia has revealed.
Mawere said the government still maintained the US$10,000 for payment of a national team coach. He said it was difficult to increase funding towards coach’s emoluments in the face of poor results.
“Our counsel to them is that the government position is that they should get a local coach for now… otherwise for now we are comfortable to use a local coach looking at our standard, the 10,000 is still quite a significant amount of money for a coach. What is important is that when people start delivering it becomes easy for them to negotiate for pay rise but when there are no deliverables, it becomes very difficult for anyone to think of increasing the figures,” Mawere said.
“All the competitions we as government we advise they use local coaches.”
Zambia’s task includes the COSAFA Senior Challenge and qualifiers for next year’s CHAN competition.
“The US$10,000 was already on the table including the time we had Wedson Nyirenda. He was getting the same amount of money and we did not want to increase it or reduce it on the foreign coach. We said we will maintain it and we are still going with that. If there is need to increase it then we will sit down and see how we can adjust it otherwise it is still the same figure and this time around…we are comfortable with a local coach in the transition of finding another local coach. We said we will get a foreigner for the duration of the qualifiers and now that we have not qualified what FAZ has done is they have respected the contract,” said Mawere.