Athletics icon Samuel Matete is relishing his new role as Zambia national team assistant coach and Northern Region technical director.
Zambia’s most successful sports man Matete has taken up the two roles after his recent reconciliation with the Elias Mpondela led Zambia Athletics Association executive committee.
Matete says he was utilising his role as coach to help revamp athletics and ensure that Zambia return to glory days on the international front.
“It is always a great opportunity for me to give back to my country. I was champion because my talent was identified and nurtured in this country. We want to spread athletics,” the former 400 meters hurdles World champion said.
“I am looking forward to adding more value to athletics in Zambia. Now I understand how to identify and nurture talent. I am very much determined to ensure that we go to schools and communities to unearth athletics as you know we have Olympics and Commonwealth Games coming up,” Matete said.
The 1996 Olympics Silver-medallist has since organised the first ever track and field event at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola aimed at assessing the quality of runners in the Northern Region to be staged on December 15.
Matete added:”It is good that now athletics has access to Levy Mwanawasa Stadium. We need to use that stadium for athletics as well. It is a great infrastructure for the sport.”