December 22, (THEWILL) – The Zambian Football authorities have announced Avram Grant, as the new Head Coach of their national team after the former manager of Chelsea, Portsmouth, and West Ham agreed to a two-year contract with an option for extension.
At a press conference to make the appointment public in Lusaka, Grant said: “I was looking for the right challenge and that’s why I chose Zambia. I came here because of the challenge and I hope when I leave here, I will look around and say we did a good job and made a good foundation for the future. I think Zambia has the potential; we have set the targets of what we want to achieve.”
The most significant accomplishment of Grant’s career in England was guiding Chelsea to the 2008 Champions League final, where they fell to Manchester United on penalties.
Additionally, the Israeli led Portsmouth to the 2010 FA Cup final, where they fell to Chelsea 1-0. However, he was in charge of West Ham and Portsmouth when they were both kicked out of the English Premier League. Later, Grant guided Ghana to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations final, where they lost to the Ivory Coast on penalties.
Zambia parted ways with Croatian coach, Aljosa Asanovic, in October, after failing to advance through the group round of the African 2022 World Cup qualifying competition.