Micho snubbed the Middle East to take up Zambia job

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New Zambia coach has revealed that he snubbed lucrative offers from North Africa and Middle East to take up the Chipolopolo job.

The Serb was appointed as Zambia coach last month, replacing Belgian Sven Vandenbroeck as Chipolopolo coach.

He arrives in the Southern African nation after being fired by Egyptian giants Zamalek in December 2019.

After being sacked by Zamalek, Sredojevic says he had options to remain in North Africa following enticing offers there as well as from the Middle East.

“I had lucrative offers in North Africa and Middle East but opted for Zambia for genuine footballing reasons,” said Sredojevic.

Although they were attempts to lure him back up North, the ex-Orlando Pirates boss had applied to coach the Zimbabwe national team who recently appointed Croatian Zdravko Logarusic.

“I don’t want to talk about that [applying for the Zimbabwe job], my blood is now Zambian,” Sredojevic said.

Zambia are Sredojevic’s third senior national team job, having previously been in charge of Rwanda and Uganda whom he guided to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals.

Sredojevic inherits a Chipolopolo side that has endured defeats in their start to 2021 Afcon qualifiers after falling down to Algeria and Zimbabwe despite having promising players like Enock Mwepu, Patson Daka and Fashion Sakala.

“If I don’t believe in that [quality of Zambia players] I would not be here and instead entertain much more financially attractive places. However, I believe in Zambian players and fanatic hard work brought me to Zambia,” he added.

Sredojevic has already held his first training camp in preparation for next month’s back-to-back Afcon qualifiers against Zambia.

By Michael Madyira

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