By Mercy Chewe
Ex-Chipolopolo coach Patrick Phiri has welcomed the appointment of Croatian born trainer Aljosa Asanovic as new Zambia National Team coach.
Asanovic was unveiled as Chipolopolo coach last Tuesday after signing a four-contract.
Asanovic will work with first assistant Karol Prazenica of Slovakia, Video Analyst Stefan Ceravic from Serbia, Goalkeeper coach Tonci Gabric of Croatia and Physical trainer Hrvoje Matijevic from Croatia.
Phiri, the former Tanzania National Team coach, said Asanovic’s past experience with Chipolopolo as Technical Advisor will help him as he takes up the top position.
“We cannot doubt the new coach. We all saw how he worked with Mr. Beston Chambeshi. He dedicated himself to work with Mr Chambeshi and to work for Zambia during his time as Technical Advisor,” Phiri said.
“He worked well with our players and administrator. I am sure those who appointed him have no doubts because they saw his work culture, his behaviour and how the country will benefit from his expertise.”
“I am sure they learnt the Zambian culture from Mr. Beston and how to relate with players. I am sure with their experience they will take Zambia forward,” he said.
Asanovic has been tasked to qualify Zambia to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.