The Football Association has finally advertised the vacant Chipolopolo coaching job after being instructed by governing to follow the necessary procedures required to hire a trainer.
The association has however reverted to the $10, 000 USD salary after initially pledging to increase the remuneration to $25, 000 USD.
According to an advert, the association is also looking for a trainer with more than ten years of experience at the job.
“The association seeks to recruit a suitably qualified and experienced person to fill the position of National team Head Coach. Job skills and qualification: UEFA pro licence or equivalent, at least 10 years international football experience at adolescent and senior level, practical knowledge of African football, knowledge of English language (both written and verbal) is a minimum requirement. Digital tool skills, match analysis skills and presentation skills. The offer salary is US$10, 000 (Ten thousand US Dollars per month),” read part of the advert.
No Zambian coach qualifies for the position as per requirements since only former FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya has a UEFA pro license. However, even he doesn’t qualify on the basis of having less than 10 years of coaching experience.
By October, FAZ announced that over 100 coaches, mainly foreign, had applied for the position. Only three local coaches have revealed to have applied for the position.
Zambia has had no coach since February when Belgian trainer Sven Vandenbroeck resigned from the position citing poor work relations with the association.
In September, FAZ had engaged the services of Serbian trainer Vaselin Jelusic but that decision was overturned by government for lack of transparency in the hiring process.
Apart from instructing the association to advertise for the position, government had further instructed FAZ to give priority to Zambian coaches and not foreign based ones.