Croatian Aljosa Asanovic is Chipolopolo coach
By Staff Writer
Croatian coach Aljosa Asanovic was unveiled as the new Chipolopolo coach on a 4-year performance-based deal in January 2022.
Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) General Secretary Adrian Kashala presented the 55-year-old to the media at Lusaka’s Protea Hotel on Tuesday, 18th January, 2022
Asanovic is not new to the Chipolopolo bench having previously worked as a Technical Advisor to Beston Chambeshi.
Slovakian Karol Prazencia will assistant coach, Stefan Carevic serving as video assistant and with Kalililo Kakonje chosen as goalkeepers’ coach by the Croatian trainer.
In order to consolidate a desire to leave no stone unturned in reviving the dwindling fortunes of the Zambia National Football Team, Asanovic will draft two more foreign coaches on a part time basis.
Asanovic’s first games will be in March as Zambia is expected to play ‘two quality friendly matches.’
During his playing career, the 55-year-old quinquagenarian featured for clubs in his homeland, England, Italy and Australia.
Asanović featured in the Euro 1996 and 1998 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), in which Croatia won the bronze medal and was Slaven Bilic’s assistant coach for six years from 2006 to 2012.
The former Croatia midfielder then had coaching spells in Russia, Saudi Arabia and Australia.
His former teammate Davor Suker, now head of the Croatian Football Association recommended him to Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga.
Aljoša Asanović (born 14 December 1965) is a former Croatian professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1984 to 2002. He was one of the best players in the Yugoslav First League, emerging as one of five top scorers during the 1989 – 1990 season with 14 goals.
Asanović is best known for his great performance in the mid-to-late 1990s when he played for Derby County and for Croatia during Euro 96 as well as the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He scored the first goal in Croatia’s team modern history. He was nicknamed Vatreni Lakat (lit. ’Fiery Elbow’) for his style of running with elbow pointed out, moving opposing players. He is currently the coach for the Zambia national football team.