George Lwandamina has been appointed as caretaker coach of Zambia just five days before they host Guinea Bissau in 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.The development was revealed to fazfootball.com on Monday by Football Association of Zambia Executive Committee Member HappieMunkondya who also chairs the Association’s Technical Committee.
George Lwandamina heads back to the familiar territory after a five-year hiatus from the Zambia national team.Lwandamina returns for a second stint as Zambia coach after an unsuccessful two-match reign as interim trainer in 2010 when he failed to lead the team to the 2011 CHAN tournament.He also served as Zambia assistant coach under HerveRenard from 2008 to 2010.
He replaces HonourJanza, who led the side at the Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea this year.The move comes just a day after Janza lead Chipolopolo to a 1-0 win over Ethiopia in an international friendly.
Janza remains a vital cog in the development initiatives the association continues to pursue in augmenting the development programmers that are taking Zambia football forward and believe that his return to the Technical Department will reenergize the programs that require his expertise and other stakeholders.
“The Football Association of Zambia has made a change to the technical team of the national team with immediate effect; HonourJanza has reverted to his position as Technical Director and in his position we have appointed Mr George Lwandamina,”Munkondya said.
The football association is continuing its search for a permanent replacement for Janza and said in a statement: “Updates on the announcement of the new head trainer will be given over the coming weeks.” In March Janza told BBC sport that he felt “betrayed” by Faz who announced it wanted to employ a foreign coach, however the association refuted his concerns.
Lwandamina also led the Zambia Under-20 team to the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada where the team reached the last 16.Some the players in that Under-20 team and now Zambia mainstays are defender StopillaSunzu including strikers Emmanuel Mayuka and FwayoTembo.
“Currently MrLwandamina is coach of Zesco United and he will be deputised by MrFightonSimukonda. The other two assistants, Mr Davies Phiri and MrChintuKampamba, are still with the national team,” added Munkondya.
Lwandamina has since been introduced to some national team players whom he met as they arrived at Simon MwansaKapwepwe International Airport from a friendly match against Ethiopia. Lwandamina’s first training session with the team will be at Arthur Davies Stadium on Tuesday.