Zambia national team coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojević has thrown his weight behind the country’s proposal to introduce a quota on foreign players in the Super Division next season.
Micho believes such a move would aide the development of local talent.
This comes after Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga announced they would implement a new quota policy at the start of the 2020/2021 soccer season.
Only two clubs – Green Buffaloes and Green Eagles – out of the 18 Super Division teams in Zambia, are without foreign players in their squads.
Kamanga, pictured below, revealed that there was consensus among stakeholders to change the policy after consultations.
“We’ve had a chat with the clubs, at some point we had a club which had almost only foreign players, we sat with clubs and decided that going forward we will start implementing the quota system.
“Clubs had commitments with players so in terms of going forward you will see a drastic reduction especially from next season there will be very few foreign players in each team,” Kamanga said.
The new system will limit clubs from fielding 11 expatriates in competitive games. Presently, Zambian clubs can play as many immigrants.
The former Orlando Pirates coach, Micho, is convinced every country needs to prioritise national interest.
“I’m not a politician to say this, but what’s the point of having a team featuring only foreign players in a match with just one Zambian player on the bench? I have not seen this, but I have been told that it happens,” he said.
The Serbian is convinced the foreign quota policy will force clubs to bring in quality players who will “help our young players grow in professional stature and status”.
He bemoaned the fact that promising local players, who won international youth competitions, had their development curtailed by some mediocre foreign nationals.
“We see many foreign players with questionable quality taking places of Zambian players. Foreign players need to serve like anybody in the world, to be of added value, of quality and maturity and seniority,” he added.
Micho was unveiled as the Chipolopolo coach in February after his botched four-month stint in Egypt where he coached Zamalek.
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By Mthokozisi Dube