Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has resigned as Chipolopolo coach from the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ).
Micho departs the position following Chipolopolo’s disastrous 2021 COSAFA Cup performance, in which they failed to defend their regional championship after being knocked out in the group stage of the competition, which concludes on July 18 in South Africa.
“FAZ can confirm that it has reached a mutual separation agreement with senior Men’s National Team coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic. Following a discussion between FAZ and the coach, it was decided that they needed to split in order for both parties to progress,” said FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala in a statement.
Micho was appointed Chipolopolo coach on February 3, 2020 and has been in charge of 27 games out of which twelve were competitive matches of which he won four, drew four and lost four.
His friendly ratio was seven wins, four draws, and four losses.
Micho, however, was unable to save Chipolopolo’s AFCON qualification chances for 2022 after taking over a squad that had lost its first two group matches.
Zambia won two games, drew one, and lost one in the AFCON qualifiers held between November 2020 and March 2021.
However, Chipolopolo were unimpressive in his first competitive tournament appearance at the 2021 CHAN in Cameroon, when Zambia won one and drew two of their three Group D matches before falling 3-1 to reigning winners Morocco in the semifinals.
“Meanwhile, FAZ will announce the succession roadmap in the next few days,” FAZ Spokesperson Sydney Mungala said.