FAZ President Andrew Kamanga has hinted that the long wait for the new Chipolopolo Zambia coach is nearly over and the announcement could come as early as next week.
Chipolopolo has been without a substantive coach since March, 2019 when Sven Vandenbroeck left the post after the non-renewal of his eight month performance-related contract.
Green Eagles coach Aggrey Chiyangi has been in interim charge since then.
“I think you are all aware that we ran the advert in November, we had 60 applicants those were reduced to a shortlist of initially 20.
“There was further screening and the shortlist was reduced to 13 and those are the ones who were interviewed from Wednesday up to Friday (last week),” said Kamanga.
“On Saturday, we had a technical committee meeting where the interviewing panel presented their report.
“And on Saturday, this weekend, we have an executive committee meeting and it is one of the agenda items.
“Once we are done, we will obviously go back to government as a stakeholder.
“It is very important that we have the coach appointed immediately so that he can prepare the team for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in March, take the team to 2020 CHAN in Cameroon in April and then continue with the 2021 AFCON qualifiers in August.
“So, you can clearly see that we need to have the coach like yesterday.”
All the candidates are foreign-born and the frontrunners are Ivan Minnaert of Belgium, ex-Mozambique coach Abel Xavier and former Orlando Pirates and Zamalek boss Milutin Sredojvic from Serbia.
By Kalumiana Kalumiana