Former Croatia Assistant Coach & Napoli Player To Become Chipolopolo coach?

Former Croatian player and assistant coach Aljosa Asanovic has been tipped by various soccer fans in Zambia to take over the Chipolopolo top job, African football Greats understands.

Asanovic, 56, is a former Croatian professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1984 to 2002. He was one of the best players in the Yugoslav First league emerging as one of five top scorers during the 1989 – 1990 season with 14 goals.

Asanović till date is best remembered for his great performance in the mid-to-late 1990s when he played for Derby County  and Croatia  during the  Euro 96  as well as the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He scored the  first goal in Croatia’s modern history.

UNSPECIFIED – JUNE 11: FUSSBALL: Nationalmannschaft KROATIEN/CRO 11.06.96, Aljosa ASANOVIC – Einzelaktion – (Photo by Henri Szwarc/Bongarts/Getty Images)

During his playing days , Asanovic spent one season with FC Metz, during which he made total of 35 appearances and scored 13 goals. In the summer of 1991, he moved to another French club, AS Cannes,  where he also spent only one season. In the beginning of the 1992/93 season he was signed by his third club in France, Montpellier HSC were he made a total of 43 matches and scored 10 goals in the process. He stayed with the club for two seasons, until the summer of 1994.

Asanović played for several clubs in Croatia, France, Spain and England before he moved to Italy to play for S.S.C Napoli in 1997.

UNSPECIFIED – JUNE 11: FUSSBALL: Nationalmannschaft KROATIEN/CRO 11.06.96, Aljosa ASANOVIC – Einzelaktion – (Photo by Henri Szwarc/Bongarts/Getty Images)

In his coaching career, Asonovic became the assistant coach to Slaven Bilic for the Croatian national team in 2006 to 2012.

After his departure from the Croatian national team, Asanović took up another assistant role, this time in Russia, following Slaven Bilic to FC lokomotiv  Asanović and departed the club at the end of the season.

Maribor, 030712. Slovenija, Pohorje, hotel Habakuk. Slaven Bilic novi trener FK Lokomotiv Moskva odrzao popodnevni trening sa svojim igracima i novim pojacanjem Vedranom Corlukom na Mariborskom Pohorju. Na slici: Nikola Jurcevic, Aljosa Asanovic, Slaven Bilic trener FK Lokomotiv Moskva. Foto: Damir Krajac / CROPIX

In 2015, Asanović became the new technical director of DAC Dunajska streda and in October 2017, he took up a job in Australia, becoming the head coach of National Premier league club Melbourne Knights FC.

In October 2018, Asanović took up an assistant coach role with a Saudi Arabian premier league side Al-Ittihad Jeddah up untill 2019.

Asanović was the Director and Diaspora instructor for the Croatian Football Federation from 2019 to June 2021 before being appointed Technical Director for the Zambia National Football Team, a role he currently holds.

After the Chipolopolo crashed out of the 2022 Qatar World cup qualifiers, multiple fans have continued calling on the Zambian football association especially on social media for the appointment of the Croatian as head coach to take over from Beston Chambeshi who was in charge of the Zambian national team as interim coach.

Should Asonovic be given the chipolopolo top job ? leave us a comment.

Published by Calvin Kaumba Chikenge

I am a journalist. passionate about culture , sports and developmental story writing.

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