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Keagan Mumba reportedly fired for publicly blaming Herve Renard for 3-0 loss

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UNDER-20 national team coach Keagan Mumba has reportedly been fired for openly attacking and blaming senior national team trainer Herve Renard for Zambia’s loss to Mali in the Africa Youth Championship qualifier last Friday.

FAZ has since appointed assistant under-20 coach Hector Chilombo to replace Mumba on a temporary basis. Chilombo will be assisted by Chris Kaunda.

Mumba criticised the attachment of Chipolopolo coach Renard and his assistant Patrice Beumelle to the under-20 and claimed the Frenchmen were to blame for the Junior Chipolopolo’s 3-0 defeat to Mali in the second leg encounter in Bamako.

Mumba had told the Daily Mail that he had no hand in the team that lost to Mali as Renard took charge and made drastic changes including replacing Reynolds Kampamba as team captain with Shadreck Malambo.

An impeccable source confirmed in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that FAZ is peeved by Mumba’s statement and has since decided to sideline him immediately.

The source said FAZ felt that Mumba’s statement was an indirect attack on the FAZ administration which took the initiative to attach Renard to the under-20.

“They (FAZ) feel he has subjected the association to ridicule because he did not follow the procedure.

“What seems to have prompted FAZ to take action against Mumba is that the association feels the excuse he gave in the papers for Zambia’s loss in Mali was not genuine and they are wondering why Mumba’s team failed to win at home when Renard was not part of the technical bench,” she said.

The source said FAZ felt that Mumba could have handled the matter in a professional way if at all he was aggrieved by the inclusion of Renard on the under-20 technical bench instead of attacking fellow coaches in the press.

FAZ communications manager Erick Mwanza and technical committee chairman Boniface Mwamelo declined to comment as they said they were getting into a meeting with Uganda officials in Kampala.

The duo is in Kampala as an advance party ahead of Saturday’s crucial Africa Cup qualifier against Uganda.
Mumba too declined to comment on the matter.

But the source said FAZ also wants Mine Police coach Masautso Mwale to join the technical bench but the former Zesco United assistant coach’s appointment is subject to ratification by the technical committee which is scheduled to sit next week.

Chilombo and Kaunda’s first assignment is expected to be for a trip to Angola for a tournament next month.

[Zambia Daily Mail]

32 COMMENTS

  1. viva keagan.you told them the truth…ann the truth hurts. You won the coach of year award and they cant take that from you.this is a repeat of what happened to lucky msiska.people should notice that the coach herve renard is difficult to work with

  2. FAZ is a rotten body. Renard should have gone there to advise not to take charge and start making big decisions like changing the team captain. Am glad Mumba has told the truth so now we know to blame, coz clearly Mumba was not in charge. Kalu the galu.

  3. Too many cooks spoil the meal,renard should have never been there in the first place.the coach has been put to sleep for speaking the truth

  4. Imwe ba Faz bafi…… Who the hell is herve? If pipo can tell off MCS in the media. Ebupuba bwa kwa Galu. We all saw this coming when herve interfeared we all saw this and we knew. Keagan is a good coach. Viva’keaganl

  5. A change made in haste obviously can affect any organisation be it in football or otherwise. If what we hear is true then Renard should take all blame.To me it is a fallacy to believe that when one coach wins AFCON automatically qualifies him to handle the under – 20. The under-20 team understood Mumba more than Herve. Am not suprised because the same man imposes Felix Katongo on us when it comes to the senior team. STIFF NECKED RENARD

  6. Good riddance FAZ, the chap is not a coach he is just a media man. He did cost us “SHARP RAZOR” a title in 2011 by creating a rift between the locals and Lusaka boys. Chabinga did all the works at Konkola; the man was always away on so called National duties. He grabbed 5 players after 2011 season i.e. Elson, Samson, Michael, Moses (though now in DRC), Ephraim (Now in Angola). His U20 team selection was pathetic during the first game at Author Davies Stadium.

  7. Coach Keagan Mumba is just not being honest with himself. Mali scored 2 goals away here in Zambia. What could have made Mali fail to score more than 2 goals at home in their country?

  8. ITS UNPROFESSIONAL FOR KEAGAN MUMBA TO APORTION BLAME FOR OUR LOSS AT UNDER 20 TO MALI ON THE FRENCHMEN THOSE WHERE BROUGHT IN TO BEEF UP THE TECHNICAL BENCH AFTER FAZ NOTED SOME DEFICIES. WE WERE JUST OUT PLAYED AND SHOULD ACCEPT DEFEAT RATHER THAN BLAMING EACH OTHER LIKE POLITICIANS. 3-0 UNANSWERED GOALS WAS JUST TOO MUCH TO TAKE. MR. MUMBA PLEASE GO BACK TO ZANACO WHERE YOUR SERVICES ARE URGENTLY NEEDED.THE BOYS TRIED BUT WE WERE JUST KNOCKOUT. YOU CANT ALWAYS BE WINNING AS THOUGH YOUR OPPONETS DONT SCHEME AS WELL. ITS A WELL KNOWN FACT THAT MUMBA WAS FIRED AFTER THE DRAW IN KITWE HE WAS LUCKY THAT HE WAS ALLOWED TO TAKE TEAM FOR RETURN GAME. KEEP ZEE AS WE LOOK TO SENIOR TEAM TAKING ON UGAND CRANES ON SATURDAY 13TH.

    • Two drivers driving one vehicle.. In the earlier statement he (Mumba) said he learnt something new from the Frenchman… Now he is saying there was remote control. FAZ should not have allowed Renard to join the u-20 as they were too short a time to make changes or any kind

  9. I totally agree with Keegan, FAZ should have allowed him (Keegan) to finish what he started without bringing in Renard. I blame FAZ introduction of Renard for the loss.

  10. Anyone with a atleast a degree, let alone a Masters, MBA, CIMA ACCA and PhD will ignore such stories and not even peruse through the article itself

    Thanks

  11. @ 16: Indeed, this just shows that you have none of the mentioned qualifications. Why do I say so? Because you have found interest in perusing through this document. If you had any of these qualifications, according to your statement, you wouldn’t have read not even comment. Shame on you little thing! Kulibonesha for nothing. Kafesh as though its a maggot!

  12. Mumba should be returned as a coach. He has done a lot to Zambia since he left Libala secondary school. We cannot afford to lose such a star

  13. It goes down the chain of command; when he blamed HR for the loss…he is in fact blaming the people who put him there in the first place FAZ. I also blame FAZ as well you can’t change managers  who have different tactics to achieve a result overnight..that’s panicking! 

  14. I agree with all those who are saying that Keegan Mumba is being both untruthful and unprofessional. The Malians came here and we failed to beat them. It doesn’t make any sense to blame Renard especially that they were able to score two goals here.

  15. Bafitoole ba Faz naka Renard we will kick your asses as well shud you fail to win the game with Uganda, Rener has become big headed, lets wait and see how far he will go just this game will gate him a ticket to France. Foolish faz *****s.

  16. The Kalu admin. at it again. These guys are jokers. Mumba should not put all the blame on Renard. He failed to win at home, what did he expect in Bamako? Let him be realistic, Zambia got the boot when they allowed Mali to score 2 goal in  our own backyard. However, that does not call for a coach of Mumba’s calibre to be fired.He should have been given time to apologize. But as always the dictatorial Kalu regime fired the guy. What a shame.

  17. This man is just an *****. We could not have beaten Mali on their back yard after failing here. Why didn’t he complain before the game? Besides, what was he going to say had we won?

  18. If it was not for hr, we were probably going to be seriously clobbered. Am sure hr saved us the embarrassment. What did you want FAZ to do after the man recorded a draw with a country at war. Get a man who won the afcon.

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