FOOTBALL administrator Simataa Simataa has advised the Football Association of Zambia to draw lessons from Nigeria and avoid rushing to the media as they recruit the Chipolopolo coach.
Nigeria, who are Zambia’s opponent in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, announced the appointment of an expatriate coach Paul Le Guen, but the Frenchman turned down the offer to lead the Super Eagles saying the federation had failed to meet his terms and conditions.
Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) later confirmed caretaker coach Salisu Yusuf as coach.
In an interview, Simataa said the happenings in the NFF should not be ignored by FAZ.
He said FAZ should present the shortlisted coaches to the government to seek their opinion and conclude on payments before calling the candidates for interviews.
“FAZ must draw lessons from Nigeria. Let them avoid the media. Let them consult the government on shortlisted candidates and how much they (government) are willing to pay so that as they interview the coaches, consultations would have been concluded with government,” said Simataa.
“Even as they conclude as executive committee, they can announce immediately the decision is made to avoid leakages because all consultations would have been made.”
FAZ are seeking to recruit an expatriate coach and have shortlisted five coaches, among them Swiss Raoul Savoy and Frenchman Sebastien Desabre, who are reportedly favourites to take over the job.