The FAZ Technical Directorate has set youth development on top of its football development agenda. Technical Director Lyson Zulu has been hard at work re-organizing youth structures.
There is nowhere this has been more apparent than the FAZ Youth League where Lusaka province has been divided into five zones on a pilot project.
The five zones are for the under-14 and 16 leagues that was before the covid-19 struck firmly in motion.
FAZ has zoned Lusaka according to the geographical disposition in Lusaka.
The five zones are Central, South, North, East and West.
The clubs are zoned around Chelstone, Matero, Chawama, Munali and Lusaka Central.
Zulu says the clubs were divided into zones to help affiliates fulfil their fixtures.
“We decided to divide Lusaka into zones to try and bridge the gap caused by failure to fulfil fixtures. We have now seen that after zoning, the teams have been able to fulfil fixtures,” he says.
The top four teams in each zone will play each other to decide the provincial champion.
Zulu says the youth league is expected to be spread to the rest of the provinces next season.
The Technical Director says the youth league will be a medium for assembling the under-15 national team.
“We will use the youth league to select the under-15 national team. Zambia was invited for the under-15 international tournament before the covid-19 but fortunately the invitation remains open when the situation normalizes,” he says.
The women youth league is on the radar under the auspices of the Wallace Students Association of the United Kingdom and Sport-in-Action.
Equipment will be provided by FAZ and the Wallace Group with 12, 000 girls expected to benefit.
FAZ will provide training to female coaches that will be part of the project.
Youth development has been the cornerstone of the Andrew Kamanga presidency with success already registered at under-17, 20 and 23 levels for both male and female national teams.
Zambia are reigning Cosafa champions at under-17 and 20 levels for the male categories while they were runners up and semi-finalists in the under-20 and 17 respectively.