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]