20 want to coach Chipolopolo
Amongst them are two local applicants, although stand-in trainer Patrick Phiri is missing from the list. When contacted over the matter, he declined to comment.
Former Zambia skipper Ackim Musenge and former Chambeshi coach, Ronald Chinku, are the two locals vying for the Chipolopolo top job, while veteran Croatian mentor Ante Buselic who had a stint during the 1970s glory days, has also applied.
Since taking over in a caretaker capacity, Phiri has had a good run at the helm of the Chipolopolo and guided them to the finals of the COSAFA Castle Cup and a creditable 2-0 away win over Chad in the Ghana 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Of the coaches eyeing the position, three are from the United Kingdom, including Botswana trainer, Collin Rowe, who was in charge when the Zebras were edged 1-0 by Zambia in the COSAFA Castle Cup semi-final last month.
Among the applicants, the others who have had a feel of Zambian football albeit, at the receiving end, are Nigerian Steven Keshi who guided Togo to their maiden World Cup finals appearance at the expense of the Chipolopolo and favourites like Senegal and Mali.
Former Nigerian star Christian Chukwu is also eyeing the Chipolopolo job while South Africa’s Trot Moloto is the other African trainer who has filed in an application for the position left vacant when Zambian soccer icon, Kalusha Bwalya, stepped down in March.
Seychelles coach, Michael Nees, a German, is another who has had a feel of the Zambia game when his charges sunk 2-0 in the COSAFA Castle Cup quarter-final tournament in Namibia two months ago.
Kostadin Papic who was last week appointed coach for South Africa’s Maritzburg United and earlier this year expressed interest in the Zambia job still has an interest and is among the applicants, who include Amir Alagic, a German and Brazilian Edson “Dildo” Silva.
The other applicants are Per Heriksson from the United Kingdom, James Duffy from Scotland, Marcus Salvatore an Italian and Milorad Urukalo from Australia.
The list is completed by the likes of Claude Andrey from Switzerland, Benjamin Badsley from the United Kingdom, Bartalan Bicskei of Hungary and Hussan Muhammed whose nationality is not specified. ‘ The Times of Zambia.