Why Micho return has been delayed

African Football

The Zambia national team managerial drama looks set to be coming to an end after nearly 10 months of uncertainty surrounding the Chipolopolo.

After terminating the contract of Sven Vandenbroeck in March 2019 for his inability to lead Zambia to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the national team has been without a permanent leader.

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In August last year, former Bloemfontein Celtic boss Vaselin Jelusic was confirmed as his successor but the appointment was vetoed by Minister of Sports Emmanuel Mulenga.

With the Zambia Government subsidising the wages of the senior national team coach, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) made a dramatic u-turn before opening up for applicants once more.

It is believed a local technical team was the preferred option for the Zambian government but out of 60 applicants, Milutin Sredojevic was selected by FAZ as the ideal candidate for the role.

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While his selection was leaked to the media last week, without an official statement, uncertainty once again crept in on the latest appointment of a foreign tactician.

But FAZ has sought to clarify their stance on an important appointment ahead of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers, African Nations Championship (CHAN) and Qatar 2022 qualifying fixtures.

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"Micho is expected in the country this week to close the two-year deal that will see him bring an assistant and goalkeeper trainer," FAZ confirmed.

"While FAZ will attach a local assistant and goalkeeper coach to understudy the foreign bench.

"Micho has wide African experience with his Midas touch having helped qualify to its first Africa Cup of Nations qualification in 38 years and also coached Rwanda with stops in Sudan, Ethiopia, South Africa and more recently Egypt."

KickOff.com understands that the Zambian government will contribute $10 000 (R145 000), while FAZ is putting up $15 000 (R218 000) with an overall package of $600 000 (R8.7m) over two-years.

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