Serbia-born coach Veseline Jelusic has revealed how Zambian national team coach Milutin Sredojevic had a huge influence in him joining City of Lusaka.
Jelusic was on Monday officially unveiled as the new head coach of the Zambian Premier League side.
The former Bloemfontein Celtic says he joined the club because of Chipolopolo coach Sredojevic’s good reference about them.
“I had a very good reference for this team by your national team coach Milutin Sredojevic who is a friend and colleague whom I respect very much so his opinion and suggestions contributed to me making this decision,” Jelusic told the media.
“I have been in Africa since 1991, I worked in Angola 10 years, in Botswana 8 years, and South Africa so I know a lot about Zambian football, and it’s respected not only in Africa but across the world.
“For example, you have two very talented players in Salzburg and Belgium so it’s an honour and pleasure for me to come here and work together with you for the betterment of Zambian football,” he said.
The Serbian took charge of his first City of Lusaka training session on Monday at the MTN Woodlands Stadium.
He will be assisted by George Kapembwa, who guided Yamoto to the Eden University National League.
Jelusic becomes the third European trainer to coach City of Lusaka after former Aston Villa and England national team striker John “Jackie” Sewell coached Yamoto in 1964, and Italian National, Roberto Landi.
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By Ofhani Munyai