-Faz have revealed that newly appointed Zambia Coach Herve Renard was hired because the association was seeking a coach looking for a new challenging coaching experience on the continent.
Faz spokesman Emmanuel Munaile said at Wednesday press briefing at Football House in Lusaka today when he officially confirmed the news that the Frenchman would be Zambia’s next head coach.
“We wanted someone who understands African football and we thought it would not do us good to go to someone who has been head coach but wanted someone to prove a point and Renard was appealing; others we could not afford,” Munaile said.
Munaile added that Faz another reason 39-year-ol Renard fitted the bill was due to Faz budgetary confinements.
“If we want best coach, we need more money to pay them because they don’t come cheap,” The Faz spokesperson said.
“We had to work within our perimeters and we are convinced this man will come to add value to what we have.”
The Frenchman is expected to sign next week before embarking on his first full African experience as head trainer to join the list well-traveled of European missionary coaching force at the helm of national teams on the continent.
Ranard is currently Ghana national team assistant coach to Claude Le Roy.
Should the two parties put pen to paper, Renard’s first match in charge will be away to Togo on May 30 in a 2010 World Cup preliminary Group 11 qualifying match.
Renard club experience as coach spans the last nine years with spells at French lower league teams SC Draguigan from 1999 to 2001 and AS Cherbourg from 2005 to 2007 before being Le Roy’s assistant with the Black Stars.
In-between, Renard was assistant trainer at Chinese top side Shanghai Shenhua from 2002 to 2003.
He also coached current English Conference team Cambridge United in the 2004/2005 season while they were in League Two before begin relegated at the end of the same season.
-Zambia Under-20 invited for 3-nation junior tournament in Saudi Arabia at end of May.
The tournament will see Zambia face the Under-21 teams of hosts Saudi Arabia and Japan at the friendly youth event.
-Lusaka Dynamos defender Hichani Himoonde recalled to the Zambia team for CHAN return leg match against Botswana on May 17.
The team goes into camp in Lusaka this Sunday after losing 1-0 in the first leg match played on May 2 to Botswana in Gaborone.
Also back in the team is Kabwe Warriors striker Emmanuel Mayuka who missed Zambia’s away match in Botswana due to trials he was attending at Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.
However, there is no call-up for the home leg match against Botswana for Zesco United midfielder Rainford Kalaba.
Kalaba failed to join the team in camp in Lusaka last week prior ahead of their away game to Botswana.
But there is also a recall for Green Buffaloes midfielder Sebastian Mwansa who together with Himoonde was omitted from the first leg against Botswana.
Mwansa’s club mate goalkeeper Mike Poto is also back in the team after his club withdrew him from the CHAN qualifier against Botswana due to pressing club commitments.
Zesco United defender William Chinyama who missed the first leg due to a family commitment also returns.
Goalkeepers: Mike Poto (Green Buffaloes), Rabson Muchelenganga (Power Dynamos), Joel Kambili (Chambishi)
Defenders: Bronson Chama, Clive Sichondwe (Both Kabwe warriors), Dennis Banda (Green Buffaloes), William Chinyama (Zesco United), Hichani Himoonde (Lusaka Dynamos), White Simwanza (Young Arrows), Sanida Zulu (Chambishi),
Midfielders: Francis Kasonde, Kennedy Mudenda (Both Power Dynamos), Moses Kapayi (Roan United), Chisamba Lungu, Stophira Sunzu (Both Zanaco), Lottie Phiri (Zesco United), William Njobvu (Lusaka Dynamos)
Strikers: Chiwanki Lyainga (Young Arrows), Roger Kola (Zanaco), Reuben Tembo (Green Buffaloes), Judge Mkandawire (Young Arrows), Emmanuel Mayuka (Kabwe Warriors), Enoch Sakala (Zesco United)