FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya has told Africans to start believing in their local coaches.
Zambia is one of the only three nations at the 2015 Africa Cup being led by a local coach Honour Janza.
Kalusha, the 1988 African Footballer of the Year, says the lack of faith in home-grown coaches has to change if the continent is to progress.
“I think we as countries in Africa have to have more belief in our local coaches. Train them well and then have patience when we give them the hard task of managing their national teams,” he told theguardian.com.
Florent Ibengé is the other African coach at the tournament, in charge of the Democratic Republic of Congo while South African Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba is leading Bafana Bafana.
Kalusha repeated that FAZ were impressed with Janza’s display in the period he has been interim Chipolopolo coach.
“He has done well so far after a difficult start; he is settled and can only get better. He is bright and has a good insight about our football.” he said.
“Zambian people had been calling for a local coach to be tried with Chipolopolo. It was a great opportunity for Janza to take up the reins.”