Chiyangi’s fantastic six months, A story worth telling
The Zambian Government has rejected the appointment of would-be Chipolopolo coach Vaselin Jelusic according to today’s Zambia Daily Mail.
Government is reportedly displeased with the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) for disregarding its recommendation to advertise the job. FAZ headhunted to end up with the Serbian trainer. Green Eagles boss Aggrey Chiyangi will continue in his role as interim boss.
The debate is now about whether the government is right or wrong and anything around that but It is unbelievable that soccer fans have ignored the fact that Aggrey Chiyangi has accumulated good results in the last 6months.
One would wonder how a coach who has ground results with four(4) different sets of teams which include AFCON, CHAN, COSAFA and Green Eagles Football clubs, is still being overlooked.
Aggrey Chiyangi firstly has an incredible club record qualifying Green Eagles FC to continental football in two years back to back. He qualified Green Eagles to 2018-19 CAF Confederations Cup and now already into the first round of the 2019-20 CAF Champions League.
Meanwhile, this is a coach who when given an opportunity to work with foreign-based players(though without some Under 23 players which include Patson Daka, Enock Mwepu, Fashion Sakala &Emmanuel Banda) Zambia played eye-catching football beating Namibia 4-1 in the process.
At Club level, Chiyangi won stream B in the 2019 MTN/FAZ Transitional Super League with a match to spare, before qualifying to the continental biggest club competition CAF Champions League.
No surprise he won coach of the year award in the 2019 Transitional league.
He later participated and went on to defeat Kenyan giants Gor Mahia along the way to minting Bronze at 2019 CECAFA KAGAME Clubs Cup.
Chiyangi’s record at African Nations Championship qualifiers has been fair securing an important away draw in Botswana before coming from behind twice to beat the Zebras 3-2 at Heroes Stadium.
At 2019COSAFA, he came from two goals down to force a draw 2-2 in regulation time, before beating Malawi on penalty shoot-outs 4-2 in the quarter-finals.
Southern African giants Zimbabwe were frozen to an ordinary team as Aggrey Chiyangi forced a goalless draw against the 2019AFCON bound Warriors before winning 4-2 on penalties to book a place in the final.
Botswana was a better side in the final of the 2019COSAFA but Chiyangi again made sure Zambia held on till the latter stages of the match to unleash a sucker punch through Tapson Kaseba, there-by winning the tournament for the first time in six years.
Few soccer fans gave Green Eagles FC a chance when draws came out to face giants Orlando Pirates in the preliminary round, but alas Chiyangi with the potential resources available, humbled the buccaneers via 2-1 aggregate against all odds, to book a place in the first round of the 2019-20 CAF Champions League.
Chiyangi could be a sleeping giant but according to be his selection of players at National level and defensive tactical approach that has not gone well with many soccer’s fans.
The latest incidence of including some once ignored players into the CHAN qualifiers, after soccer fans’ cry-out has affected his name, with the respective players playing a vital role in helping Zambia qualify to the next stage.
Chiyangi’s defensive tactics make football not entertaining enough, the more reason fans have no conviction but it could be a sign that he knows the strengths of his players, hence carry a cautious approach.
But wait a minute, is losing only 2 out 16 games with 4 different sets of players, not something to think about.
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