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Ex-Chelsea, Ghana boss Avram Grant named new Zambia coach

FORMER Chelsea manager Avram Grant is the new head coach of the Zambia national team, it has been confirmed.

The Football Association of Zambia announced the appointment of the Israeli today in Lusaka at a presentation ceremony.

Grant, 67, also coached the Ghana national team and West Ham United in the past.

He arrived in Zambia’s capital city Lusaka yesterday ahead of today’s confirmation of his surprise appointment as the new head coach of Chipolopolo.

Grant has signed a two-year contract with Zambia, with an option for another year.

His first major target is to earn qualification for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for Cote d’Ivoire in early 2024.

Grant replaces Croatian Aljosa Asanovic, who resigned from in September after being in charge for only nine months.

Asanovic was hired as head coach of Zambia in January 2022 when he took over from local coach Beston Chambeshi.

Grant’s highest-profile managerial job was with Chelsea, whom he led to the UEFA Champions League final in 2008 in Moscow, where they lost to Manchester United on penalties.

He handled Ghana’s Black Stars from December 2014 to February 2017, when he guided them to the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

He also led the Black Stars to the semi-finals of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, losing to eventual winners Cameroon.

Zambia are former AFCON winners, following their success in 2012 under Herve Renard, the current head coach of Saudi Arabia.

Chipolopolo also reached the AFCON final in 1994, when they were beaten 2-1 by the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

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