The Executive Committee of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) met today in an emergency meeting to review the performance of the national team and have decided fire coach Dario Bonetti
FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya said the decision was taken by mutual consent.
“Though the team has qualified, there’s still more that the team can give.The team has more potential than that,” the FAZ President said
“We will go back to the drawing board, consult with stakeholders and make necessary changes in due course, ” Kalusha added.
However Bonetti has denied that he had agreed to leave. “My intention was to stay here,” he said
“I have done my work very well, I have qualified the team for the Nations Cup. This is a great opportunity for all our players,” he argued. “The people are happy, everything was ok. Obviously I am sorry for what’s happened, but I must accept it,” he said
He talked up his record with Zambia.
“I’m happy and our record in the last 15 games speaks for itself ,one of the best in Africa.I enjoyed working with this team.We contributed positively and We have worked very well. Nobody can discount this.”
“I feel very happy because We worked with very good players and the staff. I want to stay happy and leave with fond memories of my time here.I hope we can close the contract properly.”
Bonetti did say he has enjoyed his time in the country Zambia and thanked the Government and people .
“All the people I met, they are happy and friendly . We were very well received. I want to thank the people of Zambia for their hospitality.