Chipolopolo assistant coach Moses Sichone will take charge of the two upcoming friendly matches against the Eagles of Mali.
According to a statement from the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) the head coach Aljosa Asanovic and his Assistants have not yet reported for duty.
FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala says Chipolopolo coach Aljosa Asanovic has not yet reported for duty since Zambia’s 1-0 home loss to Mozambique on July 30.
Kashala says the local assistants will oversee the Mali assignment as FAZ internally deals with the matter of the head coach.
“The team is without head coach Aljosa Asanovic who has been away from duty for over one month and efforts to get him back so far have been unsuccessful. With the Chipolopolo having many engagements and the league fully active, our expectation was that the head coach would be on station to preside over these engagements,” Kashala said.
“FAZ will deal with the matter internally and dully keep the public informed in due course,” he added.
Skipper Enock Mwepu leads the list of 14 players who have already set up camp in Bamako ahead of Friday’s game.
Zambia plays Mali on September 23 and 26 in international friendly matches being used as part of preparations for the Ivory Coast 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.