Chipolopolo Trials ‘Moribund,’ Says Mumba

Keagan-MumbaOutspoken Under-20 trainer Keagan Mumba runs the risk of being sanctioned for stingingly describing the on-going national team trials as moribund.

A visibly angry Herve Renard said the comments attributed to Mumba would land him in big trouble. Mumba has been critical of Renard and recently said the recent poor show of the Chipolopolo in international assignments was because the coach and his players relaxed and went on holiday.

Mumba who masterminded Zanaco’s 2012 league triumph said he wondered whether selection was done in taverns as the local coaches were not consulted.

“As far as I am concerned this programme is moribund. We have a FIFA programme for the Under-17, 21, 23 and the current Under-20 is the best to qualify to become Under-23,” Mumba said.

“It is sad to just read in the paper that your player has been picked for trials when he is on the injury list at the club. In the past we used to get phone calls from the general secretary infirming you that such a player was needed and we would offer suggestions.”

“But you wonder what is happening now. Do they meet with these players in taverns? Because where do they talk about this selection programme? We shall not sit back and pretend as though things are oaky, but will discipline these players.”

But Renard said, “That is a nice story. It will land him in big trouble.”

Mumba is one of the few individuals in the local sports set up to boldly stand up to Renard who in the eyes of his handlers is infallible for having handed Zambia the 2012 Africa Cup crown.

The 2012 National Sports Council of Zambia coach of the Year winner told off Renard after the Frenchman overtook the Under-20 Africa Cup campaign in 2012 saying Renard had reduced local coaches to ball boys.

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