Zambia have confirmed the appointment of Aljosa Asanovic on a four-year contract as the successor to Milutin Sredojević.
The Croatian replaces the Serbian who was sacked in July last year and replaced by Beston Chambeshi on an interim basis.
Having served as the technical director, the former Croatia national team assistant coach has familiarised himself with the new crop of players as well as the emerging talents in the domestic league.
However, there’ll be immediate pressure from the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) after their failure to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
.“I am so happy to be the Head Coach of the Zambia national team because it is a great country with great players and I have the job to make you happy,” Asanovic said at his official unveiling.
“I know my players and how we are going to make them be good in every game, this is my job and I know I will make the team. I am so glad to be here and to work with these players.”
Karol Prazenica (Slovakia), Video Analyst Stefan Ceravic (Serbia), Goalkeeper coach Tonci Gabric (Croatia) and Physical trainer Hrvoje Matijevic (Croatia) will form part of his technical team and Jordan Maliti, a member of the FAZ executive team has expressed the excitement of their latest appointment.
“His experience at the Croatia National Team where he served as assistant and also having worked at various European clubs gives us confidence that he will help reboot our various national teams that he will oversee,” he said.
“We believe that his spell as Technical Advisor to the Zambia National Team in 2021 gives him insight into our game and will help him make the most of the talents of our players.
“We also believe that with the long-term goals that we have given him of giving our game clear direction he will be able to succeed.”