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banner Saturday, 24 November, 2001, 14:58 GMT
Brouwer is bitter
Zambia's Gift Kampamba (right) need a coach
Players like Zambia's Gift Kampamba want a coach
Zambia's national football team coach Jan Bouwer says his one-year ban imposed by the Confederation of African Football, Caf, is a "hurting punishment".

Caf suspended the Dutchman from all its activities for allegedly harassing the match commissioner after Zambia secured the Nations Cup ticket in Antananarivo, beating Madagascar.

"It hurts your income, hurts your career as a coach....and hurts my plans for Zambia for the Nations Cup," Brouwer told BBC Sport Online.

"A punishment for 12 months, when you don't know what you did is strange."

It is the first time the Dutchman would comment on the ban, which includes the Nations Cup in Mali but not friendlies.

Appeal

His two assistants, Boniface Simutowe and Patrick Phiri, are also affected by the suspension.


I'm going to fight the ban because it's the first time in my coaching career of 24 years
Zambia coach Jan Brouwer

But the duo can return to the Zambian bench after the first three games at the Nations Cup.

Brouwer admitted he confronted the commissioner after the match in Antananarivo but did not assault him.

"I only told him it was wrong for him to over-rule the referee's decision at the end of the match," said Brouwer.

The Dutchman is also angered by not getting a room to appeal the Caf decision.

He has asked the Dutch association of coaches to protest to both Caf and Fifa on his behalf, he said.

Zambia's Hilary Makasa hopeful in Mali
Zambia's Hilary Makasa hopeful in Mali

"I'm going to fight because it's the first time in my coaching career of 24 years this will be hapenning."

The Football Association of Zambia protested against the ban but said Caf turned it down.

FAZ are widely reported to be talking to some coaches to take over Brouwer's job.

Dismissed

"Of our relationship, I'd say their attitude could be better," said the Dutchman.

FAZ have had brushes with Brouwer in the past over his outrageous outbursts.

FAZ were unhappy with Brouwer in August when he picked up a $1,000 fine for getting a red card at the Cosafa Cup semi-final against Angola.

In March, he was dismissed for dissent at a Nations Cup qualifier with Nigeria in Lusaka.

He then narrowly escaped another card one month later after storming the pitch in a World Cup qualifier against Angola to protest Mark Sinyangwe's expulsion.

Brouwer, with an undistinguished playing career, had a quiet period as coach of Willem II Tilburg FC and Volendam FC in Holland.

See also:

20 Nov 01 |  Football
Zambia head to Addis
21 Aug 01 |  Africa
Brouwer under fire from FAZ
26 Sep 01 |  Africa
Zambia appeal Brouwer ban
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