Athletics great Samuel Matete has returned to coaching after his unsuccessful bid to become president of the Zambia Athletics Association.
Matete has formed an athletics academy at Kitwe Playing Field which has attracted scores of youngsters.
The former World 400 meters hurdles champion is seeking to nurture splinters at his academy.
“I have decided to start training athletes. I am now very much into coaching, I want to produce splinters. I have returned to the grassroots to train kids and help them to be fast,” Matete said.
“I am looking forward to producing more splinters for Zambia. I am working with kids mostly from nearby schools like Helen Kaunda, Kitwe Boys and Mitanto,” he said.
“It is amazing that more kids are coming to Kitwe Playing Fields. I have to train them and expose them to competitions. Whenever there is a competition for ZAA I will take them so that they showcase their talent,” Matete said.
Matete was once an athletics instructor at the High Performance Training Centre in Mauritius.
The International Athletics Associations Federation (IAAF) in 2009 appointed Matete as coach at the Mauritius based training centre.
On return to Zambia, ZAA appointed him national coach but couldn’t take up the role for personal reasons.