Kambwili tells off Coaches Association, says govt will renew Renard’s contract

File: Kambwili greets Renard

File: Kambwili greets Renard

Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili has said government will renew the contract of National Team Coach Herve Renard and has dismissed calls by the Coaches Association of Zambia to review the Frenchman’s performance.

Commenting on the ongoing debate on whether Renard must be maintained or relieved after failing to qualify the Chipolopolo to their median World Cup despite being awarded three points by FIFA, Kambwili said the Frenchman had done his best. He said as far as his government is concerned Renard was a good coach and must be maintained.

Kambwili took a swipe at the Coach Association saying it was unfortunate that the Coaches Association whose responsibility is to protect Coaches were instead in forefront calling for Renard’s dismissal. He said Renard needs to be given time to build a future team adding that he is only learning the Zambian football.

The Minister wondered on what basis Renard could be fired, saying in all fairness, every coach in Zambia and the world-over had at one time or the other failed to meet their target.

Kambwili belittled the Coaches Association saying as far as his government is concerned it would only listen to Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) that has indicated that they need the services of the Frenchman. He said the debate were unnecessary as government would renew Renard’s contract.

Meanwhile, the Frenchman who had hinted he would leave Zambia if the team fails to make it to the 2014 World Cup says he does not know his future yet. Renard who is linked to join one of the top South Africa clubs has revealed that he will only make a decision after meeting FAZ and the Zambian government.

The Frenchman who is sensitive to criticism has told ZNBC that he needs assurance that the Zambian authorities will improve in the handling of the national team’s future assignments.

Recently Renard said Zambians would only appreciate his work after he is gone.