CAF suspends Zambia's national team coach

Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Dutch-born Zambian soccer coach, Jan Brouwer, has been handed a one-year ban by the Confederation of African Football for indiscipline.
The CAF has also slapped a three-match suspension on assistant coaches Patrick Phiri and Boniface Simutowe.
The three men are accused of harassing match officials in Madagascar at the beginning of the year in spite of their team having won the last qualification match 1-0.
Football Association of Zambia vice chairman Chewe Lupili was very philosophical about the turn of events when contacted Tuesday by PANA for a comment.
"There is life after these guys.
The only important thing for all of us, after all, is Zambia.
All of us should be prepared to go at one stage or another but Zambia will always remain," Lupili told PANA.
He disclosed that a full executive committee of the Football Association of Zambia will meet Thursday to pick a new coach for the team, adding that the new trainer should be taking up his responsibilities next week.
On the one-year suspension imposed on Brouwer, Lupili described it as "most unfortunate" but he noted that the Dutchman deliberately quoted the ire of CAF as he had no respect for authority - be they CAF, FAZ or government.
The controversial Brouwer is said to have entered the change rooms of match officials for the Zambia-Madagascar tie after hard pressed Zambia managed to squeeze through to the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on 1-0 win.
Brouwer, closely followed by Phiri and Simutowe, allegedly used abusive and threatening language against referees of that game, Eddy Mailet, George Simon and Elebert Cialo - all from the Seychelles.
The men subsequently complained to CAF about the bad behaviour of the Zambian bench.
CAF spokesperson Amr Sha said from the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, that the punishment against Brouwer had to be severe as he had just finished serving a one-match suspension prior to the Madagascar-Zambia final qualifying round.
During his year stay in Zambia, Brouwer has involved in quarrels with match officials.
The most recent of these brushes was last August when Zambia played Angola at home in the semi- finals of the regional Confederation of Southern Africa Football Associations' Castle Cup that was settled on post-match penalties.
He was then accused of trying to stop the match so he could substitute and re-organise his team after defender Elijah Tana was sent off for retaliatory foul.
He in turn was sent off by the referee of the match.
In March he was again dismissed from the bench in a Nations Cup qualifier against Nigeria.
He followed this with another red card when Zambia played Angola in another Africa Cup of Nations qualifier after his player, Mark Sinyangwe, was sent off.
The suspension of Brouwer and his two assistants come barely three days after the world soccer governing body, FIFA, indefinitely suspended national team striker, Rotson Kilambe, for taking performance enhancing drugs last July for the tie against Cameroon.
Many soccer fans in Lusaka were fearful that the suspensions slapped on the three men by CAF seriously jeopardise preparations that were about to be undertaken by the Zambia national team for its participation in the Africa Cup of Nations due in Mali in January 2002.

25 september 2001 13:51:00

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