FAZ : Gordon Igesund new Zambian Coach
Gordon Igesund has beaten an array of experienced coaches to be appointed as the new Chipolopolo coach
Amongst those short-listed for the post included former Ghana tactician Goran Stevanovic‚ Frenchman Sebastein Desabre and Swiss national Raoul Savoy.
Born in 1956, Igesund played as a striker in his career before taking up the coaching role.
The 60-year-old Igesund was among coaches that the Football Association of Zambia interviewed last week.
He was an influential coach in South Africa, having managed a number of clubs in the Premier Soccer league (PSL) and being at the helm of Bafana Bafana.
Among teams he has coached include Orlando Pirates (2000- 2001), Santos Cape Town (2001-2002), Ajax Cape Town (2002-2006), Mamelodi Sundowns (2006-2008), Maritzburg United (2008- 2009), Free States Stars (2009-2010) and Maroka Swallows (2010-2012).
In 2014, he was appointed South African national team coach, a position he assumed for two years before he joined SuperSport United from 2014 to January 2016.
As coach, he won four PSL trophies with four different clubs and also bagged the BP Top Eight cup with Pirates and the SAA Super Eight with Sundowns in 2007.
A source at Football House confirmed the appointment of Igesund as the new Zambia national team coach.
“Yes I can confirm that we have settled for Igesund for the position of national team coach. Having valued his achievements and vast experience, we hope he will get down to personal terms and help the national team achieve its objectives,” said the source.
And FAZ general secretary Ponga Liwewe, who could not divulge the name of the coach, confirmed that an expatriate coach had been appointed and that he would only announce the name once personal terms and conditions had been concluded.
“We sat on Saturday as an executive committee and we have chosen the coach. So now we are engaging him on issues of personal terms and we hope by Tuesday (tomorrow), we can conclude and that is when I can announce the name,” said Liwewe.
The 60-year-old Igesund was among three coaches that the Football Association of Zambia interviewed last week.