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A three year contract awarded to Chipolopolo coach

Posted by African Press International on May 20, 2008

Publisher: Korir, africanpress@getmail.no

<By CHISHALA MUSONDA

THE Football Association in Zambia has awarded newly appointed Chipolopolo coach, Herve Renard, a three-year contract.

The Frenchman and the Zambian FA sealed the contract last Friday after the two parties agreed to personal terms and Renard would engaged a fellow French, Patrice Beamelle, as physical trainer.

FAZ president, Kalusha Bwalya, announced the new deal sealed with Renard at Football House in Lusaka adding that a local assistant coach to the Frenchmen would be named soon.

Renards task would be guide Zambia to the 2010 World Cup to be staged in South Africa and Africa Cup earlier the same year scheduled for Angola

Zambia are in Group 11 of the double 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup qualifiers that also comprises Togo and Swaziland.

The Chipolopolo start the campaign for the first ever World Cup to be held on Africa soil with a date against Togo on May 31 in the second round qualifiers.

We have to have time and patience with the new coach and we want to do well. But the world will not stop and wait for Zambia so we will try and bring Zambian football to a level that is acceptable, Kalusha said.

Our moto is eyes on the ball and we expect your eyes to be on the ball. The onus is on players and as administrators we will facilitate and deliver to higher heights. We have a lot of potential to make us play the way we want to playwe want to surprise ourselves and to fulfil the dreams of every Zambia by reaching the World Cup and reach the Africa Cup finals and win it.

Zambia stands at 67 on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World rankings.

Renard, who was o the technical bench of former Ghana coach Claude LeRoy, hopes to build a formidable side to stand challenge.

I hope we can build a good team and work very hard, he said.

Renard watched Zambia demolish Botswana 3-0 in the African Nations Championship first round second leg qualifier in Lusaka on Saturday and on Wednesday the French will be at the helm of the Chipolopolo that play Libya in an international friendly in Tripoli.

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