Honour Janza has been fired as Zambia coach.
Janza’s dismissal comes just five days before Zambia plays Guinea Bissau in the two sides opening 107 Africa Cup Group E qualifier this Saturday at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Janza was dismissed upon arrival on Monday afternoon from Addis Ababa just 24 hours after beating Ethiopia 1-0 in a friendly.
He has been replaced by George Lwandamina.
The Zesco United coach will be interim charge of the team and will be assisted by Fighton Simukonda.
Assistant coach Kampamba Chintu and goalkeeper trainer Davies Phiri keep their jobs
“The Football Association of Zambia has made a change in the top leadership of Chipolopolo. Honour Janza has reverted to his position of technical director and in his place we have appointed George Lwandamina,” FAZ executive committee member Happy Munkondya said during a press briefing at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport in Ndola just after Zambia touched down from Ethiopia ahead of Saturdays game there against Guinea Bissau.
“We thought it was inevitable that at this period in time of our football in Zambia to make this change. We are very mindful of the fixture that is coming.This decision was important to make because of certain obvious issues we could not ignore as the Football Association of Zambia.”
Janza was not on the flight with the team and instead took another direct flight to Lusaka to meet his fate.
Janza has won eight, draw and lost five games.
Meanwhile, Lwandamina was introduced to his players at the airport in Ndola and will hold his first training session on Tuesday at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe where the team will be camped.