Un-Lucky M'siska to be sidelined as Bonetti is set to drill Under-23
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) is expected to announce the secondment of Chipolopolo Boys coach Dario Bonetti to the Olympics â€˜Dream Team' next week ahead of the return leg against Rwanda as the future of the current Under-23 coach and former national team winger LuckyÂ M'siska remain in doubt.
According to well placed Zambianfootball.net insiders at Football House, FAZ made the decision immediately after the Under-23 was dumped of the All Africa Games by Zimbabwe in February and that didn't go to well with some FAZ officials especially the way M'siska sent out the team to play, tactic wise.
'Had it not being for Zambia playing Mozambique at the same weekend, Bonetti could have been in charge of the first leg against Rwanda. If fact, Bonetti left a fantasy side for M'siska and Lucky didn't like that,' a Zamfoot Crew insider revealed early this week.
Though M'siska named nine players in his starting line up save for Chisamba Lungu (Russia based) and Venicious Mapande (Egypt based) from Bonetti's fantasy team, the FAZ officials including the authority- FAZ President Kalusha Bwalya- who were at Nkoloma Stadium on Sunday where left disappointed again with the former Power Dynamos crowd puller's tactics.
'In the second half, the team looked disjointed and ended up playing 4-2-4 after his substitutions which exposed the team and Rwanda threatened. They fear that the 2-0 caution could be thrown away in Kigali. Everyone at Football we have a strong enough squad to take us to London but M'siska has been identified as the team's weak link'
In an ideal world, Bonetti could be working with M'siska but the two haven't been talking to each other after they differed when M'siska was the Italian's assistant coach and had a brawl at Football House last year and that rules out the possibility of the two coaches being on the same bench unless other wise.
M'siska though could still be in-charge though since the appointing authority in his former national teammate and best friend, now FAZ President Kalusha Bwalya.
'Kalu is M'siska's only life line. If you remember too well they used to be the four them in their playing days; Kalu, M'siska, Charles Musonda and the late Wisdom Chansa. That was their group and the way they used to mingle.
'But it is more complicated for Kalu. It's a big task to relieve his best pal off the duties but in keeping him, Kalu knows he will be putting the country's appearance at the London (2012) Olympics in jeopardy.
While M'siska will be feeling undone should FAZ go this route after securing his first win in three matches as Under-23 coach, many fans will hope Bonetti won't jeopardise qualification after a similar gambit in 2008 saw his predecessor Herve Renard's defensive approach at Nchanga Stadium cost the Emmanuel Mayuka captained and star studded Under-20Â concede a stoppage time goal to lose 1-0 and 4-3 on aggregate to the Young Pharaohs ending the country's the dream of a successive appearance at the African Youth Championship after the heroics of George Lwandamina's side in 2007 which went on to qualify to the World Youth Cup in Canada.
In a similar scenario, FAZ drafted in Renard to the under-20 to â€˜add depth to the coaching bench' , helping out then coach Oswald Mutapa Jr and Emmanuel Siwale but the move backfired as the under-20 failed to qualify.
Coincidently most of the players in that Under-20 which lost to Egypt are eligible to feature against Rwanda next weekend.