Zambia U20 coach Keagan Mumba says the three-month suspension slapped on him for criticising Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard is harsh, insisting he made the comment to help the flagging national team to succeed.

Zambia coach Herve Renard

Zambia U20 coach Keagan Mumba says the three-month suspension slapped on him for criticising Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard is harsh, insisting he made the comment to help the flagging national team to succeed.

The award-winning coach of local side is shocked that the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) would ban him just for criticising for the national team to be improved.

Zambia won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012 but have been struggling since their feat as they bombed out of the group phase of the AFCON this year as defending champions.

This coupled with unimpressive showing in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers where they face Ghana has been another point of concern for Mumba after the draw with minnows Lesotho.

FAZ banned Mumba from all of the association?s activities for 90 days for criticising the criteria used by the Frenchman in conducting the recently held nationwide trials.

The 2011MTN/FAZ Coach of the Year said his statement was not aimed at criticising the association or the national team technical bench but to merely advise.

?When we try to offer advice it?s not like we are trying to criticise it?s because we want the national team to succeed,? Mumba said.

?If they qualify for the 2014 World Cup then we will believe that what they were doing was right but when they fail like they just did at the 2013 Africa Cup in South Africa they should listen to the advice people are giving,? he said.

He said he was not against the idea of conducting trials but the manner in which the process was done.

?If I was jealous we wouldn?t have allowed them to use our stadium at short notice. We all want the national team to succeed,? he said.

Mumba wondered why the association decided to announce his suspension to the media first before communicating to him.

?Up to now I have not received the suspension letter so I really don?t know what the suspension is like but from the face value I feel it?s too harsh. It?s like I have committed a very big offence.

?In my opinion I felt that there was not enough communication between the national team technical bench and us the club coaches during the trials.

?I felt that clubs were not involved in the process and as club coaches we needed to have an input in the process because we are the ones that deal with players on a daily basis.

?If the national team coaches want a player from my team they need to find out more about that particular player from me.

?When I receive the letter I will see if there will be need for me to appeal.  I am an employee of Zanaco and maybe during my suspension they can give me a different role to play, maybe as a grounds man or something else,? he said.

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