Sunday, July 14, 2024

Asanović wants Chipolopolo job

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.

Aljoša Asanović was Beston Chambeshi’s right hand man

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.

Aljoša Asanović was animated on the bench during Zambia’s match against Tunisia

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.

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  1. Just thinking … unlike FAZ who stopped thinking.

    Does Ante Buselic have a son?
    Where are all the kids of the 70’s legends? Genetics is not a guarantee but if you don’t ask around you get stuck with Vaseline Jelly (VJ) Jelusovic types,mwe.

    Give Mbesuma a heads up, once he retires he needs something to take his mind off mosi.


  2. Personally, foreign or local shouldn’t matter. Just hire someone who can deliver and allow for patience. The biggest fault this FAZ has made so far is the timing of their hires. They hire coaches after qualifiers have already started or when there is little to no time to prep the team. So all these guys have really not had a genuine opportunity to do the job properly.

    I posted the above in another section. I think Micho was also fired prematurely right before the qualifiers which made no sense.

  3. There is Italian coach with great pedigree , his name is Sannino, now is training Al Ittihad , in the past he coached Watford ,Palermo, Siena,Chievo Verona,Salernitana,Catania,Honved,Leviadiakos.
    Is what Zambia need.
    Im consultant in Football and i know him personally, im sure is the right coach. I know Zambia very well, my wife is Zambian ,my son is also Zambian .I visit ,work and learn to love Zambia since I come in 2010 the first time. Im chipolopolo supporter because is country that host me with love and made me feel like in Italy, sometimes even much better than Italy.
    Nikukonda Zambia, choose Sannino

  4. There is an Italian coach with great pedigree, his name is Sannino, now he trains Al Ittihad, in the past he has coached Watford, Palermo, Siena, Chievo Verona, Salernitana, Catania, Honved, Leviadiakos.
    This is what Zambia needs.
    I am a consultant in football and I know him personally, I am sure he is the right coach. I know Zambia very well, my wife is from Zambia, my son is also from Zambia. I have been visiting, working and learning to love Zambia since I came for the first time in 2010. I am chipolopolo fans because it is a country that host me with love and made me feel like in Italy, sometimes even much better than Italy.
    Nikukonda Zambia, choose Sannino

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