Tuesday 2020-01-21




By Melusi Mlotsa | 2020-01-14

SOCCER - FORMER Sihlangu Semnikati head coach Kostadin Papic has been shortlisted for the Zambian national team job.

The Serbian born coach is among the 12 candidates shortlisted for the Chipolopolo job by the Football Association of Zambia.

The well-travelled coach’s one-year contract was terminated by the Eswatini Football Association in November after he demanded an improved salary.

Papic promised to take Chipolopolo to the World Cup in Qatar when offered the job.

“I can deliver success and my dream is to take Zambia to the World Cup in Qatar. We can do it, Zambia has exciting footballers, very good players. The reason why I applied to coach the national team is because I can deliver success for Chipolopolo,”?he was quoted as having said by Zambia’s Daily Mail recently. Former soccer great, Kalusha Bwalya was invited by the mother body to be on the panel of interviewers but he declined.

Another former Sihlangu coach who was shortlisted for the job is Pieter de Jongh.

The Holland born coach had a short stint with the nation’s pride after his contract was terminated in February 2018.

The two former Sihlangu coaches are vying for the position with the likes of former Kaizer Chiefs mentor Giovanni Solinas and Milutin Sredojevic (Orlando Pirates).

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