Croatian coach Aljoša Asanović has expressed interest in the Chipolopolo job, the ZamFoot Crew understands.
According to insiders at Football House, Asanovic has told FAZ President Andrew Kamanga that he wants to continue with the national team.
“Yes, it’s true. He has fallen in love with Zambia and wants to continue with the national team,” a ZamFoot Crew source said last week.
“He is not happy with the way things went in the World Cup qualifiers. He feels, Zambia has a lot talent.
The Croatian legend was one of the three foreign coaches attached to the Beston Chambeshi led technical bench.
Asanovic was the Chipolopolo Technical Advisor.
During his playing career, the 55 year old featured for clubs in his homeland, England, Italy and Australia.
Asanović featured in the Euro 1996 and 1998 FIFA World Cup, in which Croatia won the bronze medal.
He was Slaven Bilic’s assistant coach for six years from 2006 to 2012.
The former Croatia midfielder then had coaching spells in Russia, Saudi Arabia and Australia.
His former teammate Davor Suker, who is now head of the Croatian Football Association recommended him to Kamanga.
Last month FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala revealed that the association wants to hire a new Chipolopolo coach following the expiry of Chambeshi’s three month’s contract.
In the last few days, there has been debate on the merits of a local or expatriate coach at the helm of the national team.
Since the departure of Herve Renard in 2014, there has been an a number of coaches have been given the mantle of leading Zambia to the glory days but to no avail.
Renard’s assistant Patrice Beaumulle took over but failure by FAZ to pay made him to leave less 12 month into the job.
Honor Janza, George Lwandamina, Wedson Nyirenda and Aggrey Chiyangi have since coached Zambia.
Sven Vanderbrock and Micho all tried but could not replicate Renard’s success.