Wedson Nyirenda raises hand to replace Milutin Sredojevic as Zambia national team coach

Nyirenda wants the job vacated by Sredojevic
Nyirenda wants the job vacated by Sredojevic

Wedson Nyirenda has raised his hand once again for the Zambian national team job following the sacking of Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic over the weekend.

Sredojevic – formerly with Orlando Pirates – was shown the door last Saturday after coming stuck in the group stages at the COSAFA Cup, on the back of the team's earlier failure to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

This has suddenly reignited Nyirenda’s desire to lead the nation once again, with the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers coming up soon.

“I’m ready to take up the job if called upon. This is what patriotism is, I have been patriotic from the time I was a player, even the time I started coaching, and I will not stop now,” Nyirenda is quoted as saying by the Zambian Daily Mail.

The former Baroka mentor previously led Chipolopolo from September 2016 to May 2018, when he resigned to move to the PSL and went on to lift the 2018 Telkom Knockout cup with the Limpopo outfit.

"If I am the one coming in, I will do my best. I am humbled that fans want me back. That is football. The same people who will insult you will be the same people to uplift you," he added.

Nyirenda played for Chiefs in the early '90s and is currently in charge of Lusaka Dynamos in the Zambian Super League.