24 Mar 2019 12:50pm
By Maqonda Ndlovu
WINDHOEK, 24 MAR (NAMPA) Namibia and Zambias national team coaches have called on African football associations to support local coaches and put their differences aside when it comes to national teams.
The two coaches were speaking at a media conference following their sides meeting at the Heroes National Stadium in Lusaka, where Zambias coach Aggrey Chiyangi said everyone needs to pull in one direction.
Namibias Ricardo Mannetti added that coaches are usually lone wolves and outcasts who are only liked when things go well.
I have a question for the media, the officials and fans. When you signed up to be a football fan did you forget you signed up for three things - a win, which makes you happy; a defeat that will get you angry and a draw which sometimes confuses you? he asked.
He added that nations are quick to blame the coaches whenever there is one or two losses, adding that losing one or two matches does not make coaches or players bad.
Chiyangi who is a stand-in coach for the Zambian national team, said people need to always think positively without attacking individuals, which usually makes people lose focus.
We need to put the nation ahead, as Zambia we still have a team. Even if I am not here I am still Zambian. If Zambia does well, I am still a Zambian, people will praise me, he added.
Mannetti called on football associations to give coaches projects instead of demanding quick results, saying when he lost to Guinea Bissau, the fans wanted him fired.
We then drew with Zambia at home, and the calls grew louder, then we beat Mozambique home and away, people were taken aback, then we come here and get hammered, does it make me a bad coach? No! Does it make the project good? Yes! Local coaches should support other local coaches instead of going behind their backs and instigating for others to be fired, he said, adding that people should work on long term projects rather than working on a game-to-game basis.
Chiyangi could not hide his admiration for Namibia, saying the fact that they have kept the current coach for such a long time is bearing results, as he has led the team to qualify for the continental showcase.