ZAMBIA: Chipolopolo recalls Chambeshi after Micho’s exit

Beston Chambeshi reappointed Interim boss at Chipolopolo [Image: Courtesy]
Zambia—Beston Chambeshi a former Zimbabwean under 20 national coach, has been appointed interim Chipolopolo coach by the Football Association of Zambia.

Chambeshi returns for the third time as a stand-in Chipolopolo coach. He will be leaving Nkana FC as he replaces Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic who left the team by mutual agreement on July 17 after Chipolopolo failed to defend their COSAFA Cup title when they made their first-round exit at the tournament held at Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa from July 6-18.

His assistant coach will be the current Zesco United coach Mumamba Numba.

“In addition, the executive committee appointed Croatian Aljosa Asanovic as Technical Advisor as part of the technical bench. The reconstituted bench will be in charge for three months,” FAZ spokesperson Sydney Mungala said.

Asanovic comes with support from the Croatia Football Federation through as part of the technical agreement they have with FAZ.

Chambeshi was in charge of Chipopolo in the 2018 COSAFA cup though they lost 4-2 in the finals to record six-time champions Zimbabwe.

He then returned in 2019 for three away June friendlies against Cameroon that they lost 2-1 in Madrid, Morocco whom they beat 3-2 in Casablanca, and Cote d’Ivoire who beat Zambia 4-1 in Diha.

Chambeshi was earlier coaching Zambia under 20 national team, and managed to win the 2016 COSAFA U20 Cup and later lifted the 2017 AFCON under 20 title as hosts before they reached the 2017 FIFA World Cup Quarter Finals in South Korea.

His assistant coach Numba has been a recurring member of the Chipolopolo bench over the past four years and led the Zambia Under-17 national team to their debut COSAFA U17 Cup triumph in 2017.

Numba is fresh off guiding Zesco United to their ninth league title in his first season at the helm