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Avram Grant: Zambia appoint former Chelsea and Ghana coach as Asanovic's successor

Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has confirmed the appointment of the experienced Israeli as Chipolopolo head coach.

The former Blues and West Ham United manager has been appointed to fill the position that was left vacant when Aljosa Asanovic and FAZ parted ways in September.

Asanovic was in charge of the Zambian national team for eight months before he terminated his contract.

Since Asanovic left, Moses Sichone has been acting as the head coach for the Cosafa nation.

Grant, 67, managed to beat Hossam Albadry, Roberto Blanchi, Goran Stankovic, Antoine Hey, Peter Butler, Sebastian Migne, Gert Engels, Wedson Nyirenda, and Honour Janza, who had been shortlisted for the position.

FAZ President Andrew Kamanga welcomed the appointment of Grant, hoping it is a new beginning for Zambia.

"Today’s occasion signals a new beginning for our game. Mr. Grant is a well-known figure in world football. He was previously the national team coach for Ghana and Israel," said the FA chief.

"At club level, he has coached Maccabi Tel Aviv, Chelsea, Portsmouth, and West Ham, among others," Kamanga said. 

"I wish to thank all of you who participated in the transparent process of picking the coach."

On his part, Grant – who is expected to steer the country to the next Africa Cup of Nations finals to be held in January 2024 in Ivory Coast – explained why he chose the Chipolopolo job.

"Am very happy to be here. This is my first time in Zambia. It is a lovely country. I think Zambia has the potential, we have set the targets of what we want to achieve," he stated. 

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