Chipolopolo new coach Sven Vandenbroeck has been tasked with qualifying Zambia to next year’s Nations Cup in Cameroon and the 2022 World Cup.
Sven Vandenbroeck ( Vilvoorde , 22 September 1979 ) is a Belgian footballer with 363 matches at the highest level. Sven debuted at the age of 17 in the first team of KV Mechelen during the season 1996-1999. He would play in the main squad of KV Mechelen for 4 years, culminating in the promotion to the highest division in the 1998-1999 season.
In 2000 he moves to Roda JC for 5 seasons, with which he places 3x for a European campaign. Afterwards he would play for De Graafschap, Akratitos Athene, Lierse SK and Norwegian Løv-Ham Fotball . A persistent knee injury put an end to his 14-year-old active career in December of 2010.
Internationally, he played three European campaigns including a 0-1 win in San Siro against AC Milan with Roda JC. With the young Red Devils he was the regular captain of U15 to U23. With Belgium U21 he played the European U23 Championship in Switzerland in 2002.
Trainer / coach
After his active career he started in July 2011 a trainer career as coach of the second team of KV Mechelen. In the summer of 2013 he had a short two-month pass as an assistant coach of Adrie Koster at the Tunisian top club Club Africain.
Eventually he went to work at the Greek Fostiras, where he became assistant coach of Jacky Mathijssen . With a brilliant 2nd round (35/39) they reach a third place that allowed the final round to play for promotion.
The following year 2014-2015 he starts working as an assistant to Wiljan Vloet at the Greek PhD student Niki Volos. In mid-September 2014, he temporarily takes up the head of the training at the club until the club goes into liquidation (December 2014).
During the winter break of the 2014-2015 season he was reunited with Jacky Mathijssen at OH Leuven . Through the final round promotion to the Belgian 1st class Jupiler Pro League was enforced.
In mid-February 2016 he became assistant national coach of Cameroon under Hugo Broos . Under their leadership, Cameroon won the Africa Cup 2017 in Gabon. In the final, Egypt was beaten 2-1.