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Asanovic: I Am Ready For Chipolopolo Job

Sports Asanovic: I Am Ready For Chipolopolo Job

Croatian born trainer Aljosa Asanovic has declared himself ready for the Chipolopolo top coaching job after being unveiled in Lusaka on Tuesday.

Former Croatia National Team assistant coach Asanovic has been appointed Chipolopolo coach on a four-year contract.

Asanovic is the immediate past Chipolopolo Technical Advisor.

Asanovic will work with first assistant Karol Prazenica (Slovakia), Video Analyst Stefan Ceravic (Serbia), Goalkeeper coach Tonci Gabric (Croatia) and Physical trainer Hrvoje Matijevic (Croatia).

Speaking during his official unveiling ceremony at Protea Hotel, Asanovic said he was honoured to be Zambia coach.

“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.

He is expecting to ride on his recent experience with the National Team as he settles in the new role.

“I know my players and how we are going to make them to 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,” he said.

Asanovic’s immediate task is to qualify Zambia to the Ivory Coast 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

FAZ Executive Committee Member Jordan Maliti expressed confidence that Asanovic will revive Chipolopolo’s dwindling fortunes.

“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,” Maliti said.

“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.


  1. There’s no Zambian on the technical team . There’s a need to crop in a Zambian for better understanding of the Zambian culture

  2. Wellcome to Zambia Isanovic and we hope you are going to do a good job. Bear in mind that Zambians want good results and we will not entertain excuses after excuses. Players should be selected on merit so that at the end of the day we can see that those are the best players we have in the league. I believe it shall be history repeating itself. Your fellow national the first expatriate coach we had from that Country or region raised the bar too high and you must beat that record. Ante Buselic from your Country was able to qualiufy Zambia to their first ever Afcon finals in 1974 where we came second to Zaire now Congo. That is the standard we want you to maintain. Good luck.

  3. He was technical adviser to Beston Chambeshi when they failed to qualify us to the Afcon, what has changed now? Because the all technical bench was supposed to be fired including these guys.

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