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Zambia stalls Gordon Igesund’s appointment as national team coach

SportsZambia stalls Gordon Igesund's appointment as national team coach

Gordon Igesund
Gordon Igesund

Gordon Igesund is still waiting to hear back from the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) over the vacant head coach role with the senior national team.

Igesund was interviewed for the post earlier this month and reports out of Zambia suggested he was the leading candidate‚ with some quoting unnamed FAZ sources as saying the job would be offered to the former Bafana Bafana coach.

But there has yet to be any indication of the same to Igesund‚ nor any contract negotiations opened by FAZ.

“As we stand there is no offer on the table‚” Igesund’s agent Mike Makaab said.

“He was interviewed by them [FAZ] and the only feedback we have had to date is that they are considering him.

“But I am hopeful that we will know something more concrete either way by the start of next week.”

Should Igesund get the job it would mean he takes up a post he was first touted for 15 years ago when he was sounded out over a caretaker role with Zambia in 2001.

Other coaches short-listed for the post include former Ghana tactician Goran Stevanovic‚ Frenchman Sebastein Desabre and Swiss national Raoul Savoy.

Igesund has been out of a job since he was axed by SuperSport United in January.

He is one of the most successful coaches in South Africa after winning four league titles with four different sides‚ including unfashionable Manning Rangers and Santos.

He also lifted the league trophy with Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.

The former winger finished runner-up in the league as well with Ajax Cape Town and Moroka Swallows‚ after which he was appointed Bafana coach in 2012 after several near-misses in the past.

He failed to qualify the side for the 2014 Fifa World Cup and also exited from the 2013 African Nations Cup finals at the quarterfinal stage on home soil.

His finest moment with the national team came in a 1-0 friendly win over then world champions Spain.


  1. This ***** Kamanga he has no clue about sports management and administration, so far since his coming at football house all we seen are failures. I mean the guy failed to manage and succeed at Kabwe warriors so what makes him and his people think that he will succeed at national level as FAZ president?

  2. leave European coaches. That’s colonial mentality. if you doubt, put all the Zambian coaches who have coached. put them alongside European coaches. look at their stats with Zambia. See what I mean?

    • Yes just do that and you will see that all the Zambian coaches were flops. In fact Zambia has failed to qualify for AFCON twice in its history; Who were the coaches in those disasters? Patrick Phiri and George Lwandamina. All the European coaches qualified and one of them even gave us the AFCON title. Just learn from them until you are able to produce your own. Thats what North Africa did

    • You are joking right? Which local coach has given us even a third place finish at afcon? None but Buselic Poulsen Renard each gave us silver, bronze and gold at afcon

  3. Do not experiment on the national team men. Get a coach who will bring results not drawing board all the time. You can go to other continents that have football on the raise than a person who failed to take his nation to World Cup with players he know very well. What will happen with the players he does not know? Its not the right word but its a fact Zambians work well with a foreign coach. They failed with Renard because they lost that fear they had at first for him. After achieving Africa Cup they started buzzing together and frequenting night clubs together as a result the players lost respect for him. This in turn lead to poor results.

  4. This incompetent administration will probably announce the coach during a world cup qualifier game (maybe at half time).

  5. FAZ is probably waiting for EL to appoint his cabinet. I am sure KALU will get the post of Sports Minister. Knowing Kalu, he will meddle in the FAZ affairs by appointing his preferred manager.

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