16 September 2006

Zambia: Forest Officials Annoy Lwandamina

Lusaka — UNDER 20 national football team coach George Lwandamina has lashed out at Forest Rangers officials for refusing to release defender Henry Nyambe for training with the rest of the team.

And senior national football team caretaker coach Patrick Phiri has challenged the Under-20 national team to beat South Africa's Amajita and qualify for the Africa Youth Championship.

Lwandamina, in an interview yesterday, said it was unfortunate that Forest had decided to hold on to Nyambe when the player was required to join camp with the rest of the team.

A visibly upset Lwandamina said the match against South Africa's Amajita was crucial and needed that all players be in good shape for the encounter."

"Players become noticeable when they play for the national team. They actually learn more here than they do at some of these clubs. But suddenly, these same clubs are holding on to players when we need them. We have been told Nyambe is better off remaining at his club than join the team in camp. If this is what Forest feel, then they should keep their player," Lwandamina said.

He urged clubs to have national interests at heart and try to support coaches that are in charge of national teams." Forest are holding on to Nyambe and are saying the player has to remain with his team because they have some important matches to play.

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