Outgoing National team coach Sven
Vendenbroeck says he had resigned as
national team coach prior to the
announcement by the Football
Association of Zambia that his contract
would not be renewed.

And Vendenbroeck says the football
fraternity in the country is too political,
divided and with numerous irresponsible
individuals who are only interested in
protecting their jobs.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with
BBC’s Kennedy Gondwe, Vendenbroeck
said he decided to resign in December
and informed FAZ about the decision
adding that he was thus surprised and
disappointed when the association
announced that they would not ‘renew’
his contract.

“Well the intention was already spread
out in December two weeks after the
Mozambique game. And indeed, I said
before new year that my intention was to
extend, I think also the president spread
out his words in media towards myself
that the intention was to continue but,
after two months and you don’t have an
official feedback, that’s one. The second
problem was my assistant is not paid
from day one until now, so making my
bench for the future was also a problem
we also could not agree on who could be
the local assistant. Yes, and that’s the
disagreement that we have. But you
could feel that the environment proposed
different people than what I would have
loved to have. So, I would have loved a
full time assistant not linked to a club,
and I preferred to keep the one I had
from the start. So, all these small things,
you feel like maybe my ambition and
their ambition is not running parallel,”
he said.

“And that’s why I already clearly
communicated to the president, I think
ten days before they made the press
release that it was better to not continue
and extend the contract. I said it even on
February 14 that I would resign. That the
situation was not running parallel, so it
was better to stop immediately. Their
answer came that because the president
was outside the country that we would
have a formal meeting were we could
deal with my issues and I think three,
four days later after the weekend when
he came back from duties abroad we had
a formal meeting and we agreed as adults
to continue until the end of the contract
to deal with the Namibia game as good as
possible. So, I was surprised and a bit
disappointed when the press release of
the federation came saying that they
would not renew my contract. It’s a bit
upside down. I had resigned. I take
responsibility but I think not everything
was done in a good way as much as
possible to allow us to operate better and
deliver results.”

And Vendenbroeck says the football
fraternity in the country is too political,
divided and with numerous irresponsible
individuals who are only interested in
protecting their jobs.

“For me it was positive. I have to admit
that the country is good. The lifestyle is
all good. The roads and the facilities are
much better than the average on the
continent. I would have loved to travel
and explore the country, but I didn’t
have time for that. So maybe I will do so
after my work is done. I can have a few
days. On the football side it was tough
especially because the landscape and the
environment is quite divided. Well it’s a
delicate situation. It’s very political, it’s
based on status, on self-protection.

People Not too much on responsibilities.
So yeah, I hope you just have to manage
a lot of things, and not to make too much
noise and still manage to get what you
want. Yeah, it’s a very tough situation,
where as a couch it was tough to find me
way through, to find balance in doing my
job,” he said.

“Many questions that I asked to the
federation were not answered and i think
it was because if they say no it can come
back to them so job protection
sometimes. I understand these people,
it’s a had economical situation so you
want to survive yourself, but it stops
development in football. Development in
football stops. I think it was not starting
to get wrong during my period. I think
also the results of the qualification of the
world cup Russia hid a bit of issue that
were already popping up in football.
When you come in you don’t have any
notice of what is going on so.”

He said the problems in Zambia’s
football started before he arrived on the
scene and was unfortunate to have
inherited a malfunctioning system.
“After a while, after a week maybe
month you discover what is underneath.
And I don’t want to use it as an excuse to
not qualify because the target was
obvious, and we didn’t deliver the
qualification. But many thins and I think
the Chinese have a very good expression,
whether always drops from above to
down, that the influence from outside
had an impact on what was happening on
the field.”


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