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14:30    05 Jan 2017

Nyirenda holds total control on Chipolopolo

Zambian national team coach Wedson Nyirenda insists that he is the man to decide who plays for the national side.

According to Lusaka Times website, 'Wada' says he will ensure he carries the mandate he was hired for in an attempt to rebuild the national team.

Nyirenda was hired permanently in December 2016 after he was handed the caretaker role following the departure of coach George Lwandamina.

The former Chipolopolo striker says he wants to rebuild the team beyond the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and into the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Qualifiers.

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“No man can impose a player on me, then I will walk away, that’s how I work,” Nyirenda said on ZNBC Sunday Interview.

“Whoever wants to impose players, let him also lay out his philosophy.”

Nyirenda is four games into his long-term contract with FAZ and is unbeaten in his last two matches with a 1-0 away win over Uganda in a friendly and a 1-1 draw on the road against Cameroon in a 2018 World Cup Group B qualifier.

The results come after a shaky start with a 2-1 home loss to Nigeria in a 2018 Group B Qualifier and a 1-0 friendly defeat away against Zimbabwe.

Zambia’s next assignment is set to be a friendly in March and later the 2019 Africa Cup and 2018 CHAN Qualifiers between June and July before hosting Algeria on August 28 in the World Cup qualifying match.

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