Lwandamina sets Arrows target
3/16/2011 10:29:36 AM
New Red Arrows coach George Lwandamina has set an ambitious target to win the league this season.

Lwandamina, who joins Arrows after helping the club as technical advisor late last season, told SuperSport.com in Lusaka that the Zambia Air Force sponsored side had great potential to win the FAZ Super Division title.

The former Green Buffaloes mentor said Arrows, the 2004 Super Division champions, had a good collection of players who with determination and discipline were capable of taking the league by storm.

Yet Lwandamina believes there would be no need to make major changes to the team, save for a few inclusions.

“The greatest asset at Arrows is the players we have. They are young and hungry for success so we are now looking at the composition of the team,” he said.

The former Mufulira Wanderers defender, who was assistant to Frenchman Herve Renard at the national team when Zambia reached the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals in Angola last year, is now working on the depth of Arrows.

Although the soft-spoken trainer wants to maintain the Arrows team, he has welcomed three arrivals including former Zanaco defender Kennedy Nketani.

Nketani, who played at the 2006 and 2008 Africa Cup of Nations for Zambia, is a formidable central defender expected to add strength to the Arrows backline.

“Of course we need some experience at the back and that is why we brought in Nketani. However, I normally go for little known players,” he said.

And those ‘little known’ players Lwandamina has accommodated are Francis Lusambo from relegated side National Assembly and his counterpart Brian Kilambe.

“These players will add value to the team because our target is the league. It is just the attitude that is important because they have done it before,” he said.

Arrows, whose good products recently include Danny Hangunyu, Songwe Chalwe, Zachariah Simukonda and Kamuzati Kabwe, have maintained a modest display after the 2004/05 fairytale when they played the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup.