Israeli tactician Avram Grant, who once managed Chelsea and West ham, has signed with the Zambian national squad, the Football Association of Zambia [ZAF] has confirmed.
The 67-year-old has penned a two-year contract with Chipolopolo after reaching an agreement on Thursday replacing Aljosa Asanovic who parted ways with the team back in September.
Zambia failed to qualify for the African knockout stages of the 2022 World Cup qualification and decided to show the Croatian coach an exit door.
Grant’s first task will be the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in March.
ZAF shortlisted a number of experienced managers for the position including Hossam Albadry, Roberto Blanchi, Goran Stankovic, Antoine Hey, Peter Butler, Sebastian Migne, Gert Engels, Wedson Nyirenda, and Honour Janza but it is the 67-year old who beat all odds.
The former Israel national team head coach is well remembered for leading Chelsea to the 2008 Champions League final, which they lost on penalties to Manchester United.