Rwanda National Police (RNP) has signed a Zambian national, Albert Joel Mphande as the new head coach of Police Football Club.
Mphande, a former footballer, who has 20 years of coaching experience, signed the contract on Thursday. This Friday, he presided over his first training with the law enforcers at Kicukiro stadium.
The 40-year old had parted ways with Nkwazi Football Club in Zambia premier league prior to his appointment to take on Police FC.
Police FC spokesperson, Supt. Regis Ruzindana said that Mphande’s coaching career package will bring something new in the team.
“We believe, based on his 20-year coaching experience, we have something to tap from him, and of course, he has promised to improve the performance of the club,” said Supt. Ruzindana.
The new coach, who started his coaching career in 1999 when he guided Chiparamba Youth Academy of Zambia to win DANA (Denmark) and Gothia cup (Sweden) championships in 2002, believes he can improve the performance of Police FC.
Police now lies 7th on the Azam National Premier League with 27 points, eleven points behind table leaders AS Kigali; with eleven matches left to climax the season.
“My first training session with the players was impressive. I thought players wouldn’t adapt to my tactics; I am happy with the first session, and if players implement the tactics, we can turn the league table around,” Mphande said.
“Police FC has young players, and I like working with young players. I have been coaching young players in most of my career because they learn first and disciplined,” he added.
He is also the currently Assistant Coach of Zambia under 17 national team, and former U15 Assistant Coach.
Mphande, whose football career was ended by a lifetime injury he suffered in 1998 while playing for the French club, Olympic Marseille, holds a EUFA B coaching license.
He also played for Lusaka Dynamos, Zamaco FC and Eagle Stars, all top clubs in Zambia. He also coached the Swedish side IFK in 2005 before going back home where he guided K-Stars from Division One to Zambia Premier League. He also guided Nkwazi to top flight after they were promoted from Division One in 2014.