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Familiar Chipolopolo tune for Asanovic

MATHEWS KABAMBA, ELIZABETH CHATUVELA, Kabwe, Lusaka

IF there is someone locally who knows the inner workings of new national team Aljosa Asanovic, it is Beston Chambeshi. The Nkana coach worked with the Croatian during the Qatar World Cup qualifying campaign, which ended in familiar fashion – unsuccessful. Chambeshi was the caretaker coach while Asanovic was the technical advisor, and together, they produced two wins, a draw and three losses. But Chambeshi is refusing to be drawn into discussing Asanovic who was unveiled as Chipolopolo coach on Tuesday other than to wish him the best of luck in his new role. The former under-20 national team coach said in an interview yesterday that it is not in his place to discuss fellow coaches but stressed that there will be no excuse for Zambia to miss the next Africa Cup of Nations. “I left a well-assembled side, very good players, players who can bring glory to the national team but it will depend on the gentleman who is coming,” Chambeshi said. “I hope he has the zeal to push the boys and maintain [improve] Zambia’s status.” Zambia will tomorrow know their opponents for the Ivory Coast Africa Cup of Nations when the draw is conducted in Cameroon on the sidelines of the on-going AfCON. “We have come from a bad patch where we have failed to qualify for three AfCON tournaments so we do not want to see excuses,” Chambeshi said. “I have said in the past, this is not the time to build, it is now time to cement and see that the team is intact. “We have gone through a lot of building which is not healthy for the national team. This time it is a matter of cementing the team and bringing results.” Despite having worked with Asanovic, Chambeshi refused to discuss the Croatian but admitted that their philosophies differ in many ways. “I cannot say much, yes we worked with him but we differ in our philosophy, so I can just wish him the CLICK TO READ MORE


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