The Sven Vandenbroeck-FAZ divorce episode got messier after the embattled Chipolopolo coach was sent on forced leave for the remaining days of his contract with Football House.

Vandenbroeck has been sent on indefinite leave that saw this weeks’ planned pre-2019 AFCON qualifier camp for home-based players in Lusaka cancelled on Tuesday.

This follows the Belgian-born coach’s media statement in which he attacked FAZ for not being sincere in the decision not to renew his nine month deal when it expires on March 31.

FAZ had stated in late February that its executive committee had decided not to renew the deal but Vandenbroeck disclosed that both parties had mutually agreed end their relationship on March 31.

“Sven has been sent on administrative leave effective Tuesday, 5 March due to misconduct and failure to abide by staff regulations,” FAZ spokesperson Mwazi Chanda told the Zambia Daily Mail.

The development means there will be no final farewell for Vandenbroeck in the March 23 Group C home qualifying date against Namibia at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka in what would have been his sixth and final match in charge of Chipolopolo.

That match is a dead-rubber after Zambia’s 2019S AFCON qualifying hopes ended with a match to spare following a 1-0 away loss to Mozambique last November.

Vandenbroeck won one, drew one and lost two Group C matches during his five matches in charge.

His only other win came in a 1-0 away friendly victory over Gabon in Libreville on September 11.

Meanwhile, assistants Aggrey Chiyangi and Mumamba Numba will oversee Zambia’s date against Namibia when the team enters camp in Lusaka next week.

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17 COMMENTS

    • Good for him. Trying to coach indisciplined football players who can not even take an initiative on their own to do a 10 mile run without being told is a waste of time. These silly Zambian players think that Ronaldo, Messi or Pogba just happen. These guys put in loads of hours of work even when not in formal training.
      The Zambia National team could be coached by Pep Guardiola and they would still not qualify to any major competitions!

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    • @Olivia but wandabwisha, so you know soccer kaa? You even know Pogba?
      FAZ operates just like your PF or it’s branch NDC.

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    • @Nostradamus; Actually my favorite football player is Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich. He is serious eye candy! In all his 6’4” glory.

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  1. FAZ get your act together! National team should be well into it’s rebuilding phase but with recent happenings it feels like one step forward two steps back. Get a long term coach and stick with him regardless. Bonneti was the last good coach we had.

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  2. Awe shuwa kwena , these are the guys (kamanga & co) who saw Kalusha as not doing cool runnings at FAZ. . .They couldn’t wait to see the back of him. ..Just five games in charge and its over? Don’t know what else to say. I’m dumbfounded!

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  3. FAZ has been destroyed by Galu who was not professional and is still meddling behind the scenes…they have allowed too many chefs in the Kitchen even a clown like Bowman thinks he is a football manager. Being a national football manager in Zambia is like being ZESCO or ZAMTEL CEO you simply have to yes yes to every foool who calls from State House to suggest the line-up!!

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    • Too obsessed with anti Kalu Vernom he left years ago and any good managers would have by now turned it around

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  4. Sven is a very arrogant creature.I met him and had very bad meeting with him.I openly told him that your stay in Zambia will be short and true to my words that has happened.Sven is a guy who thinks he knows everything!!I was shocked when he told me that he does not watch European football games on TV because he thinks teams to win such matches are known!!Ask people at FAZ how arrogant this young coach is.Some coaches were left behind at a hotel for trying to enter a team bus after Sven has entered.If you are late for one minute,Sven will not talk to you or he’ll fire you from camp.Life for footballers and coaches in camp was like that of prisoners under Sven!!!HENCE,FAZ HAS DONE A WONDERFUL THING BY FIRING THIS USELESS AND UNKOWN COACH!!!Let him get a job in Belgium if he is a real…

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    • Dont confuse discipline with arrogance. And why were you shocked when he told you he doesnt watch European football on tv? There is nothing shocking there. You thought that everyone does that? Yhere are also a lot of zambians yhat font watch zambian club gootball. I don’t think your post has sense.

      In the mean time m7 did well mot to go near the zambia namibia prep because *****s would have blamed him for the lose they will suffer on saturday at the hands of namibia which much more serious with preparations.

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  5. #5 Jay Gay, your comment cannot be devoid of trib.al. I am pretty sure that you have looked at the names before writing your comment. Not difficult to read your mind, trib.al!!

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  6. THE PERIOD WAS TOO SHORT BESIDES HE FOUND NYIRENDA HAD ALREADY MESSED UP BY LOSING TO MOZAMBIQUE AT HOME,IT’S UNFORTUNATE ANY WAY ZAMBIA LET’S DRAW A LESSON FROM THIS AND GROOM OUR OWN LOOKING AT SAMES OF MONEY YOU WERE WASTING ON VANDENBROECK.

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  7. @real Olivia Pope spot on. Matchfixers have already done the damage yet trying to pile blame on young coach.it now explains why we can’t qualify to any tourney.these guys sale gameI appeal to FIFA to ban and fine FAX period

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