By Ameenu Shardow
The Zambia FA has denied reports that coach Herve Renard has threatened to quit over unpaid salaries.
The Frenchman was quoted in Lâ€™Equipe newspaper just days before their crunch 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ghana that he was ready to walk out on the Chipolopolo after revealing he is owed salaries running to six months.
The revelation appears to have disrupted Zambiaâ€™s preparations towards Saturdayâ€™s must win game in Ndola.
The situation is further aggravated with the news fuelling reports Renard is being courted by South Africa to replace sacked Pitso Mosimane as head coach.
But Zambiaâ€™s FA President Kalusha Bwalya has slammed these reports calling them pure fabrications making assurance the Frenchman will see out his contract which ends in 2014.
Donâ€™t believe what the journalists are saying, these reports are laughable and untrue,â€ Bwalya said.
â€œBelieve me, Renard is happy here and he has a contract until 2014. People must not believe everything that is reported.â€
Renard has since refused to respond directly to questions related to the quotes attributed to him in the French newspaper and rather chooses to focus on the tie which could potentially wreck his ambitions of going to the 2014 World Cup.
â€œWe just have to win if we want to qualify but it is not going to be an easy game,â€ Renard said.