Lusaka – Chipolopolo’s Serbian-born coach, Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic, has signed a two year-performance based contract to guide the Zambia national men’s football team.
Micho only signed the contract five months after arriving in the country because of Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) politics.
FAZ will pay him US$15,000 monthly and the government will weigh in with another US$10,000.
After finally putting pen to paper last week, the 50-year-old Micho pledged to lead Zambia to the next CHAN, AFCON and World Cup tournaments.
Micho has unveiled a seven-step technical master plan to revive the country’s football, and it is premised on identifying and nurturing players from under-14 to under20 level.
“We will be having a set of friendly matches in front of us and we want to go step by step to inject the confidence inside our players” said the man who is also known as the Serbian Wolf.
“This will make them aware that every single step they do for the nation and the sacrifice they give in every match will be a step to build the confidence to the CHAN in Cameroon, the Africa Cup of Nations and on the wings of confidence to reach the World Cup.”
Minister of Sports Emmanuel Mulenga pledged the government’s support for the coach’s plans.
“We will also make sure that we work hand in hand with FAZ in attending to the challenges you are going to face in this country and ensure the glory which we seek in this nation is retained,” Mulenga said.
Micho’s first competitive games in charge will be 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers home and away against Botswana.
Zambia’s 2021 AFCON campaign has thus far been abysmal: Chipolopolo lost 0-5 away to Algeria and 1-2 at home to Zimbabwe to sit at the bottom of Group H.
The Zambia job is Micho’s third stint at the helm of an African national team after having previously coached Rwanda and Uganda.
His coaching staff includes Dushan Stojanovic, Miroslav Stojnic and Oswald Mutapa.
Micho takes over from Belgian Sven Vandenbroeck, whose contract was not renewed in March after Zambia failed to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.