Zambia Women’s Under-20 National Team Coach Charles Haalubono has left Green Buffaloes Women’s Football Club after an impressive and memorable 16-year reign at the club to join Tanzanian Women’s Premier League side Yanga Princesses, becoming the first Zambian to coach a Women’s Team outside the country.
Speaking in an Exclusive interview with the ZamFoot Crew from his new base in Dar es Salaam, Coach Haalubono expressed excitement with his move to Tanzania.
Haalubono attributed this development to the hard work put in by coaches and players including administrators in the last few Years.
Haalubono, nicknamed coach soldier, also appreciated the fans and everyone involved in supporting women’s football.
“It feels great to join Yanga Princesses, Women’s Football is recognized not only in Zambia but all over the world. We have professional players coming outside Zambia and it has now extended to us coaches which is a great inspiration to all of us involved in Women’s Football to continue working extra hard in order to lift our game higher,” Haalubono told the ZamFoot Crew.
“Results of hard work are extending from players to coaches as well and this is not for my own benefit but everyone involved including the fans that we are able to produce such results even under the league which is not sponsored and all I can say is May God Bless all the people involved in Women’s Football in Zambia,” he added.
Haalubono, a household name in Zambian Women’s Football was very instrumental for Green Buffaloes success with a record 12 time League Champions which includes winning it consecutively 9 times with the first National Championship against Indeni Roses in 2016 up to date plus back-to-back Women’s Super Division titles.
He won the second edition of the CAF Champions League | COSAFA Qualifiers with Buffaloes qualifying the team to the 2022 TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League tournament in Morocco.
Haalubono joined Green Buffaloes Women Football Club in 2007 and at that time he was still doing part time coaching after work at Lusaka based Breakthrough Sports Academy (BSA) from 2004 until 2010.
At Yanga, Haalubono will be tasked with winning the 2023/2024 Tanzanian Women’s League.