More than 30 applications – and still counting – have poured into Football House as coaches across the world jostle to have the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) consider them for the job of Zambia National Soccer Team coach.
The Chipolopolo top job was left vacant last week following the release of Frenchman Herve Renard.
The Frenchman who guided Zambia to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations last January has signed a two-year renewable contract with the Angolan FA to steer that country’s Palancas Negras.
Since news broke that Renard had been released from his contract, coaches from Germany, England, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, Bosnia, Egypt, Nigeria, Malawi, South Africa and Saudi Arabia have sent in their CVs for consideration.
FAZ spokesperson Erick Mwanza told fazfootball.com that:”We’re overwhelmed by the number of applications even before we put out any advertisements calling for the same. This is good for our game as it clearly shows how highly rated our Chipolopolo is.”
“Presently, we’re receiving at least three or five applications everyday from last weekend. As we speak, the number of coaches interested in being considered for the Chipolopolo top coaching job has exceeded 30.
At this rate, we may have over 50 by the end of the week,” Mwanza said adding.
“We have coaches from Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and one from South America, Brazil to be specific. We have former national team coaches of Bosnia, Hungary, Botswana, Lesotho, and Namibia, Nigeria and Congo and top clubs in Africa, Europe and Asia applying.”
“We would like to assure the Zambian people and indeed the football family that in consultation with various stakeholders, the Executive Committee (ExCo) of the Football Association of Zambia will make a decision on this top job in the best interest of the nation and for the good of our game.
The ExCo will soon meet to decide on that matter and as soon as we do, we shall inform the country accordingly,” Mwanza said.
No Zambian coach had submitted an application yet.