Wednesday Jul 28, 2021. 12:00
Newly appointed Kabwe Warriors coach Manfred Chabinga is not underestimating the challenges ahead at his new club who return to play continental football for the first time in 28-years.
Chabinga takes charge of the five-time Zambian champions on a one year deal.
He arrives at Warriors after he was axed by Nkana midway through last term just a season after leading the record 13-time Zambian champions to the 2019/2020 FAZ Super League title that they failed to defend in the 2020/2021 campaign.
“It feels so good, although there is a lot of work to be done Kabwe Warriors who will be representing the country after doing so well especially towards the end of the season. The task is to continue where they ended,” Chabinga said.
Warriors qualified for the 2021/2022 CAF Confederation Cup after finishing fourth tied on 51 points with third place finishers Red Arrows who will also represent Zambia in the same competition.
This is the five-time Zambian champions’ first return to continental action since 1993.
Chabinga also described his appointment as an emotional homecoming.
He made his name at Warriors as a defender when they were relegated in 1989 before they made a quick return to the FAZ Super League in 1990.
“I joined Warriors when the team was relegated to Division One. We had a fantastic team. We were beating teams left and right and center while the team was in Division One,” Chabinga said.
“Warriors is the club where I also started my coaching and I was a third assistant coach to the late Godfrey ‘Ucar’ Chitalu.”