There is no time for a honeymoon on the Zambia job says new ‘Chipolopolo’ coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic.
The ex-Uganda, Orlando Pirates and Zamalek coach was unveiled as the new Chipolopolo coach on Monday, February 3 in Lusaka on a 2-year-deal.
The Serbian said he was fully aware of the challenges ahead with his first assignment to get Chipolopolo’s derailed 2021 Afcon qualifying race back on track.
Zambia are bottom of Group H with no points after losing their first two qualifying games against Algeria and Zimbabwe 5-0 away and 2-1 at home respectively.
“I want to call it a neurosurgical operation knowing that Chipolopolo as a game is deeply engraved in the heart of Zambians,” said Micho.
“Knowing what football means to you all as your second religion, and I am fully aware of the responsibilities that are in front of me and I appreciate the past and all the great stakeholders who have built the brand of Zambian football.
“The biggest power given to us in the game of football as coaches is to make people happy.
“In the last 20 years since I came to Africa, millions of people have been happy and I want to continue in the same fashion.
“I am fully aware of the challenges and issues that are of front of us; two matches have been played in the Afcon qualifiers we are on zero points we have scored 1 and conceded 7.
“I would like from this moment, in the shortest possible honeymoon, to go back to the realities of life and that is finding the modalities that will bring Chipolopolo back to being the pride of Zambia.”
Micho’s salvage job with the 2012 Afcon champions begins next month during the Fifa match week of March 23-31 in a Group H double-header against Botswana at home and away.
By Kalumiana Kalumiana