Zambia coach Micho’s job on the line?


Zambia coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s post-match media briefing after their elimination from the COSAFA Cup in the group stage on Wednesday gave an indication that the Serbian is aware that his days could be numbered.

The defending champions played to a 0-0 draw against Bafana Bafana in the group A match of the 2021 COSAFA Cup in Gqeberha to finish second from bottom.

The 51-year-old took over the Zambian job in February 2020. In the 25 matches that he has been in charge, Zambia have won 11, drew seven and lost seven.

Chipolopolo also failed to qualify for the 2021 Afcon in Cameroon under his tenure.

Reports coming out of Zambia this week are that Zambia FA president Andrew Kamanga had given Micho an ultimatum of defending the COSAFA Cup or face the chop.

When asked if he thinks the Zambian FA were running out of patience, Sredojevic said what is more important is that the foundation has been laid, whether he is in charge or not.

“This is an investment. I am very proud of each moment I have spent (with the Zambia national team). I am here at present and whether I will be (in future) is purely up to the people who are in charge,” he said.

“Supporters very often look at the game in a very emotional way, however, administrators are the ones to decide whether it is enough or it is not enough. I am pushing myself over all limits and I am telling myself that my conscious is absolutely clean.

“I am under circumstances stretching myself all human and sports limits. I have given my best. With me or without me, Zambia has invested and that investment will pay back the profit in the World Cup qualifiers and also later on for the qualifiers for the Afcon in Ivory Coast in 2023 where Zambia, after three times missing, are supposed to reach,” added Sredojevic.

“I have set the ground running, set the platform for whoever is there in charge to do the job. Whether it is me, until it is me, I will serve. Until it is not me, I will support and I wish (Zambia) all the best.”

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By Ofhani Munyai