VETERAN French coach Sebastien Desabre was yesterday subjected to an hour-long interview by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) ad hoc committee for the vacant Chipolopolo coaching job.
Desabre was the first of the five short-listed candidates to enter the Football House board room to convince the ad hoc committee that he has the winning formula for Zambia’s maiden qualification to the 2018 Russia World Cup.
The interview penal included deputy general secretary Lombe Mbalashi, FAZ committee member Dr Christopher Mulenga and others.
Desabre, smartly dressed in a blue suit, was ushered into the boardroom at 12:26 hours and the interview ended at 13:36 hours and left Football House 10 minutes after. The calm-looking Desabre said he could not give any interview to the press.
Desabre currently has a running contract with Algerian side Jeunesse Sportive Saura. He has a Confederation of African Football ‘A’ and Uefa ‘A’coaching licences and a diploma in sports education.
A Frenchman has had a stint at Angolan side Recreativo Desportivo Libolo and also at Esperance Sportive de Tunis in Tunisia.
Meanwhile, Mbalashi in an interview earlier said Football House was expected to interview the four remaining candidates next week.
“For now, only Desabra is in the country for the interviews. We are expected to have the other four candidates next week,” he said.
Others lined up for the Chipolopolo coaching job include former Zesco and Green Buffaloes coach Wedson Nyirenda, ex-national team coach Dario Bonetti and Frenchman
After Zambia’s failure to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, FAZ president Andrew Kamanga announced that the soccer body will employ a permanent coach before the 2018 World Cup group stage qualifiers which kick off in October.
Zambia is in Group B, considered by many to be the qualifiers’ proverbial ‘‘group of death’’, alongside Algeria, Nigeria and Cameroon and it is hoped the new coach would qualify the Chipolopolo to Russia.