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Former Chipolopolo Coach Embarks on CAF Pro License Pursuit in Morocco

Former Zambian football coach, Wedson Nyirenda, has embarked on a journey to pursue the CAF Pro License in Morocco under the guidance of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ). 

This prestigious program will place Nyirenda among an elite group of coaches from across the continent, including football heavyweights like Walid Regragui, Pitso Mosimane, Aliou Cisse, and Florent Ibenge, who have undergone this highly demanding and respected training.

FAZ identified Nyirenda, currently the trainer for Zambian super league side Zanaco and the Copper Queens coach, Bruce Mwape, for the CAF Pro License program. However, due to the competitive selection process, Mwape will have to wait for another opportunity, as FAZ was allocated only one slot.

This opportunity for Nyirenda is part of the Memorandum of Understanding between FAZ and the Royal Moroccan Football Federation. The collaboration has previously seen Zambia sending Masauso Tembo and Ian Bakala to pursue CAF A License badges.

Nyirenda is poised to become the first Zambian to hold the CAF Pro License, a qualification often considered equivalent to the prestigious UEFA Pro License. 

The former coach of Baroka FC and UD Songo (Mozambique) boasts an impressive coaching career, winning titles with Zanaco and Zesco United, along with numerous ABSA Cup trophies.

During his tenure as the Chipolopolo coach from 2017 to 2019, Nyirenda oversaw a spirited FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign for Russia 2018. 

Despite narrowly missing out on qualification after a closely contested battle with Nigeria, Zambia achieved notable victories, including a memorable double triumph over Algeria. 

Nyirenda’s commitment to advancing his coaching expertise reflects his dedication to elevating Zambian football on the international stage.

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