Davies Phiri back
…as Grant names assistant gaffers
FORMER Zambia national team goal keeper Davies Phiri has bounced back as the new Chipolopolo goal keeper coach.
According to the national team technical bench led by Israelite Avram Grant, the South Africa-based goalkeeper coach is among the four locals who are part of the bench leading the Chipolopolo boys for this month’s crucial back-to-back AfCON qualifiers.
Zambia will host Lesotho on March 23 at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola before travelling for the reverse fixture which will be played in South Africa on March 26.
Other locals on the Chipolopolo technical bench includes Chipolopolo legend, Moses Phiri who has been maintained as assistant coach while, Team Doctor Wesley Ngongo and physiotherapist Hensley Chilimboyi retain their positions.
Grant has unveiled his technical bench that also comprises former West Ham and Partizan Belgrade assistant coach Marko Barbul as an assistant coach.
The Chipolopolo video analyst role will be played by Ohad Efrat while Jamie Lawrence, a former Premier League star who served as physical trainer for the Jamaican national team is the new Chipolopolo physical trainer.
The former Leicester and Bradford City winger served as physical coach in Ghana during the team’s 2015 AFCON silver winning sojourn.
Barbul worked as interim coach of the Israeli national team while Efat had a stint with Crystal Palace among other engagements.
Meanwhile, FAZ acting General Secretary Iva Lengwe welcomed the new additions to the Chipolopolo technical bench.
Lengwe also noted that preparations for the March 23 Group H home match against Lesotho are on course.