FAZ appoints British based Coach as Chipolopolo Assistant Coach

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Irfan Kawri
Irfan Kawri

The Football Association of Zambia has announced the appointment of British based Coach Irfan Kawri as Assistant Coach of the Zambia national team.

In a statement, FAZ says the appointment is with immediate effect.

George Lwandamina remains Head Trainer and the rest of the Chipolopolo technical bench remains unchanged until further notice.

Kawri will soon join the squad in preparing the team for the Rwanda CHAN 2016 Final Tournament.

Irfan Kawri holds a British passport and in the late 1990s was called up to the Zambian National team due to him having a Zambian mother of Asian descent.

He never made a debut but trained with the team.

Irfan was at one time a Wigan Athletics scout and also studied Physical Education before becoming a P.E teacher.

The 35 year old has worked his way from non-league to league football in England.

Having failed to make a cut as a professional footballer, Kawri earned a Sports Science degree before attaining his football coaching badges.

He has coached in the lower tiers of English football but his breakthrough was at Wigan Athletic where he worked as an opposition scout.

In addition, he has completed a UEFA A licence preparatory course as well as analysing opposition for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink at Burton Albion, a league one English side.

He was also part of Hasselbaink’s backroom staff at Burton Albion.

New Chipolopolo Assistant Coach Irfan Kawri
New Chipolopolo Assistant Coach Irfan Kawri
Irfan Kawri CV
Irfan Kawri CV
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31 COMMENTS

  1. yaba! ati british, the guy is an arab, i haope he has no connection to ISIS,,,,,, And FAZ seems to have a thing for P.E. teachers

    ** merry chrismas to all and speacial merry chrismas to my @Nostradamus and his latino family

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    • What makes you think he is Arab just because he has a Islamic name…i take it you have never heard of Bolton home of Amir Khan in North Western England.

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    • So what he is a P.E teacher hahahaha. Our last one helped win the Africa cup. I agree though, FAZ has issues.

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    • Thanks Dr. Ndobo, merry Christmas to your family and to you all Zambians, including that coach with wrong name.

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  2. Will he be based in Britain? What is it about being clear with your headings, LT. Something like “FAZ Appoints British Coach” will not leave us (me at least) with an anticlimax at the last line of your report…

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    • More confusion you can not afford a full-time club coach you go for a scout and you expect him to take orders from a local coach….what a joke!!

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    • Come to think of @Jay Jay – that is correct! We are going for cheap and expecting to be a top soccer nation, huh!?

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    • Yes you are right…His Linked in page says he is a Scout/Opposition team assessor and casual Academy coach this is another Galu appointment to prop-up another CV of a foreigner at our expense.

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  3. If that counts for anything. The last P.E Teacher we had won us the first and only major trophy. The good thing is Lwandamina the most eaten chicken this holiday remains head coach. Questions still arise that have always arisen over the year with Galu FAZ. Was the Job advertised? Was there a shortlist? What about Interviews? If these questions are never answered the Integrity of the whole process is questionable whether Kalu is getting a cut, selection of players in the first team is going to be compromised etc etc.

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    • And where are you now? Are you eating your AFCON trophy..you have no shame and have nothing to show for it…when are you are going to wake up from your docility you Zombies?

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  4. How many of these assistants has the Galu appointed, last time we had someone from Mexico what happened to him? Maybe he wasn’t paid by the greedy Galu…here again he has gone on the cheap and got this Bolton lad who is a Scout/Opposition team assessor and casual Academy coach to a position of assistant national coach….when are Zambians going to get serious?

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  5. Don’t trust him but his prfileo seem to make sense, the problem is that the all faz are corrupt. So no bwino bwino.

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  6. Jay Jay is incapable of contributing to any issues soberly without malice, insults or reasoning. I am not sure whether it is limited grammar on his part. He is lucky LT tolerates such unlike where he comes from ZWD and UPND. We are all not of the idea of a P.E Teacher and FAZ corruption here. No need to attack each other even when we seem to share a common feeling on this particular topic. Can he read each post carefully? It is unfair to say again that Zambians do not learn because majority Zambians have no say whatsoever on the selection of a coach.

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  7. kci is soo right. Why this stoopid senseless PE teacher label you all want to be seen to be posting? Is it just Because you want to be seen to be saying something? The last person you labelled P.E. Teacher went on to win two Nations Cup trophies one with your national team.

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  8. kci is soo right. Why this stoopid senseless PE teacher label you all want to be seen to be posting? Is it just because you want to be seen to be saying something? How about some sensible contributions? The last person you labelled P.E. Teacher went on to win two Nations Cup trophies one with your national team.

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  9. SINCE WHEN DID ARABS BECOME SOCCER PLAYERS AND SOCCER COACHES. PA ZAMBIA NAPEMA UBUPUPU SURE. NAKASUBA NAKABALIKA MULEIBA. YOU FAILED TO MAKE A GOVERNMENT TO GOVERNMENT OIL DEAL WITH SAUDI ARABIA AND THE ONLY TWO THINGS YOU CAN GET FROM THE ARAB WORLD IS A VISA FOR THE FIRST LADY TO GO AND BEG AND A AN ASSISTANT COACH. ZAMBIANS ARE NOT SERIOUS.

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    • You’ve never heard of Zinedine Zidane? The Pharaohs have been walloping you the past decade. Algeria has been the number one ranked team for 5 years? Mulestuder topic I lyo tamula landa

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  10. This PE Teacher is still a better Assistant than those we have with untraceable cresidentials…….Chintu for instance is far from this guy in terms of experience!

    We all know that we have failed to raise money for an Expertiriate Coach and maybe our analysis if the opposition will be better!

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  11. But why now. Just trying to create confusion in the whole team. The reason serious FAs & teams allow the head coach/team manager to pick his assistants & backroom staff is to create a loyal team, now Kalu picks everyone from ballboys to players right to the top & expects a team that delivers. Awe sure kuwayawaya fye no bu kabolala.

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  12. kci is soo right. Why this stoopid senseless and clearly irrelevant PE teacher label you all want to be seen to be posting? Is it just Because you want to be seen to be saying something? The last person you labelled P.E. Teacher went on to win two Nations Cup trophies one with your national team.

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  13. kci is soo right. Why this stoopid senseless PE teacher label you all want to be seen to be posting? Is it just because you want to be seen to be saying something? How about some sensible contributions? The last person you labelled P.E. Teacher went on to win two Nations Cup trophies one with your national team. No duplicate comment

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  14. kci is soo right. Why this stoopid senseless label of PE teacher that you all want to be seen to be posting? Is it just Because you want to be seen to be saying something? The last person you labelled P.E. Teacher went on to win two Nations Cup trophies one with your national team.

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  15. kci is soo right. Why this stoopid senseless label of PE teacher that you all want to be seen to be posting? Is it just Because you want to be seen to be saying something? The last person you labelled P.E. Teacher went on to win two Nations Cup trophies one with your national team.

    Why are you blocking my post?

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  16. What is wrong with you fellow Zedians? Who cares whether her has an Arab name? Obama has an Arab name. This chap is half Zambian because his mother is a Zambian. We should in fact be proud that we have one of our own sons helping our Team. Kenyans are proud to call Obama their own even when Obama does not have a Kenyan citizenship or passport. So let us give Kawri support just like we are giving Lwandamina support.

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