Avram Grant: The Unbeaten Streak Setting a New Foreign Coaching Standard for Chipolopolo
By Samson Mulambya Bagba | November 20, 2023
In the realm of Zambian football, Avram Grant has etched his name in the record books, becoming the first foreign Chipolopolo coach to remain unbeaten in his first five competitive matches, mirroring the accomplishment of Herve Renard in 2012. Grant’s tenure has seen a remarkable string of successes, heralding a new era for the national team.
Since his appointment as the Zambian men’s national team coach in December of the previous year, Avram Grant has yet to experience the bitter taste of defeat in competitive internationals. His impact has been felt in the team’s performance, securing four wins and a draw in the five AFCON and FIFA World Cup qualification matches contested this year.
The significance of Grant’s achievement is underscored by the historical context. No foreign Chipolopolo coach has navigated their initial five competitive matches unbeaten since Herve Renard’s second spell in 2012. Renard, a Frenchman, achieved an even more remarkable feat, going undefeated in his first nine competitive outings upon his return to the Copper Bullets’ technical bench. It was during this impressive run that Renard led the Zambian men’s national team to their maiden African Cup of Nations title in 2012.
Post-Renard, foreign managers at the helm have often found it challenging to replicate such early success on the Copper Bullets’ touchline. Grant’s exceptional start to his tenure brings fresh optimism and signals a potential turning point for foreign coaches guiding the national team.
Avram Grant’s record in competitive games speaks volumes about the impact he has made in a relatively short period:
- Games: 5
- Won: 4
- Draw: 1
- Lost: 0
Grant’s ability to instill a winning mentality, tactical prowess, and adaptability within the team has not only maintained an unbeaten streak but has also positioned Zambia favorably in the ongoing qualification campaigns. The newfound success under Grant’s guidance serves as a testament to the potential of foreign coaches in leaving an indelible mark on Zambian football.
As Grant’s journey with the Chipolopolo unfolds, the football fraternity eagerly awaits further developments, hopeful that this unbeaten streak is a precursor to sustained success and perhaps another historic triumph on the international stage. The foreign coaching standard for Chipolopolo is evolving, and Avram Grant’s early impact sets an encouraging precedent for future endeavors.