13 December 2012

Southern Africa: Zambia Football Is Poised for Growth and Success, Says Cosafa

Cosafa says Zambian football is set for further growth and success on the international scene. The southern Africa regional football governing body reckons that the abundant talent Zambia has will be complemented by capacity building and coaches training courses which are aimed at equipping technical staff with modern coaching trends.

Council of Southern African Football Association Executive Committee member Timothy Shongwe says with continued capacity building programmes and effective nurturing of talents, Zambia will continue to succeed on the international football scene.

"On behalf of the President of Cosafa Mr Suketu Patel, we are pleased to note the marked improvements of the game everywhere in Zambia. The football we have been witnessing during these 2012 Zone VI U20 Youth Games is fantastic. Overall, there's lots of advancement of the game here and programmes like the coaching course we have successfully undertaken in Lusaka will further strengthen that," said Shongwe when he addressed 40 coaches who underwent a Cosafa/FIFA training programme in youth football coaching.

Shongwe is in Zambia with the Cosafa delegation organising the Men's and Women's Football Championships which are running in the framework of the regional Zone Six Games. He will also be part of the Cosafa Annual General Meeting which is scheduled for the end of the week in Lusaka.

The 40 coaches who received certificates at the Golden Peacock Hotel included 20 women trainers. They were taken through their training sessions by FIFA instructors Fran Hilton-Smith, Ulrich Mathiot, Honour Janza and coVinstructor Enala Simbeye Phiri. Said Ulrich: "Congratulations to all you participants. It's been a great time of learning and engagement over the last one week. You're a fantastic group of coaches and I believe that your skills and knowledge will help you in your work and taking Zambian football forward." Football Association of Zambia Vice President Boniface Mwamelo commended Cosafa for organising the training programme.

"This marks yet another milestone in the technical component of our game. Over the last four years, we have stated time and again our clear objectives regarding training and development programmes. Our prime objective has been to progress towards our goals with clear measurements to use to determine progress. In that regard, building capacity among our various technicians like these coaches gathered here today is very important to us," said Mwamelo adding: "To FIFA and COSAFA, we extend our sincere gratitude as to all the partners that have supported and worked with us on making this a success."

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