Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant, 67, was named manager of the Zambian national team on Thursday, the Zambia Football Association announced.
The Israeli coach, who has also managed English club West Ham, the Ghana national team and that of Israel, is signed for two years and will have to straighten out a Zambian team which failed to qualify for the three last editions of the African Cup of Nations (CAN).
He succeeds Croatian Aljosa Asanovic who left his post over a salary dispute.
“I’m very happy to be here, I think Zambia has potentialsaid Grant at a press conference in Lusaka to announce his nomination.
In 2012, Zambia, trained by Frenchman Hervé Renard, had created the feat by winning the CAN, its first continental title, against Côte d’Ivoire.
Grant, who began his coaching career at the age of 18, will have as his first objective to qualify the team for the final phase of CAN-2023, in a group which also includes Côte d’Ivoire, the Lesotho and the Comoros.
“We will return to the elite of African football“, assured the president of the Zambian federation Andrew Kamanga.