Newly promoted City of Lusaka have appointed former Lusaka Dynamos coach Elijah Chikwanda as Head Coach on a one year contract.
Club chairman Justin Zulu unveiled Chikwanda to the media at the Coorporative College football ground in Lusaka on Friday, February 10.
Zulu told fazfootball.com in an exclusive interview that Chikwanda will be assisted by hitherto head coach Davy Musole who will stay at the club as assistant coach.
He also explained that Chikwanda had been given the target of winning the 2017 Barclays Cup and to finish in the top four positions on the league standings at the end of the season.
“The target which we have given him is not an easy one but because of his expertise we believe that he is going to deliver. City of Lusaka by any means, if they compete in any cup competition, should win it. In terms of the league they should be amongst the top four,” said Zulu.
“We interviewed eleven coaches for the job but we settled for Chikwanda because we believed that he was the right man. He is a professional on and off the pitch and he is exemplary. The Super League is the most difficult league in Zambia so we chose a coach who had both expertise and experience. We need his experience to combat the arrows which will be fired at us by our opponents.
“We also believe that he is someone who is capable of taking the heat at City of Lusaka as well as taking the team to greater heights.
“When you look at the team, the way it was in Divisions One and Two, the status has changed. Due to the requirement under club licensing that the head coach must have a CAF B Licence our former head coach Mr Musole, whom we wanted to maintain, could not have qualified to be on the technical bench as head coach,” he said.
Chikwanda was optimistic in his outlook while admitting how tough meeting the targets will be.
“Well, as you know I am an old person in the system. My appointment means that I have to deliver good results and that means we have to put in a lot of hard work. If the players respond well to my instructions I believe that we will do well.
“The league is very competitive but we will make our presence felt. We want to be among the teams competing for the league title. If the character of the team will be like that of Nkwazi with whom I reached the Barclays final two years ago, I expect to do more. City of Lusaka may have just won promotion but they should not be underrated. City of Lusaka is a big team,” said Chikwanda.