Confused ZIFA appoints three coaches

Confused ZIFA appoints three coaches
Zimbabwe national team interim coach Norman Mapeza (R) arrives for the African Nations Cup Qualifying match between Zimbabwe and Liberia played at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe, 11 June 2017. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jul 05, 2017. 14:30

Latest information coming through to AfricanFootball.com is that the Zimbabwean Football Association has appointed three national team coaches to lead the Warriors in three different tournaments.

Reports reveal that ZIFA have decided to appoint Norman Mapeza as a coach to lead the team during the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.

Rahman Gumbo has been handed the reins to lead the side in the 2018 CAF Africa Championship (CHAN) whilst Sunday Chidzambwa is in charge of the COSAFA Cup side.

It is reported that ZIFA have not formally replaced Kalisto Pasuwa, who left the national team job after their exit from the 2017 AFCON in Gabon earlier this year.

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According to the BBC, the trio have had previous coaching spells in charge of the Warriors in the past and the move is seen as confusion on the part of the football governing body.

"My task is to look after the team in the COSAFA tournament and when the southern African championship is finished I'm done," Chidzambwa explained.

"I'm not looking at development or anything like that. As with any other coach, I want to get as far as I can … in fact I want to win the final."

Chidzambwa has led the team to the semi-finals of the ongoing Cosafa regional tournament hosted in South Africa as they will hope to lift the trophy.

On the other hand, the experienced manager has won the tournament twice as coach and has an unbeaten record in the Cosafa Cup.

Meanwhile, Mapeza was appointed as interim coach for the start of the 2019 Nations Cup Qualifiers as they began their bid to qualify for the next tournament in Cameroon beating Liberia 3-0.

Looking at Gumbo, he also had spells between 2005 and 2012 is now preparing to play the Brave Warriors of Namibia on 16 July in the CHAN Qualifiers.



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