Kudakwashe Mahachi of Zimbabwe celebrates a goal with teammates during the Afcon Group B match between Algeria and Zimbabwe on the 15 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix
Wednesday Mar 22, 2017. 15:30
The Zimbabwean Football Association has appointed FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza on a caretaker basis as the head of the international team.
The former Warriors international replaces Kalisto Pasuwa to take charge of friendly matches in the FIFA international break.
Mapeza's first appointment will be against Zambia at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Sunday.
According to the News Day website, Mapeza was the man ZIFA wanted to take charge of the Warriors after they severed ties with Pasuwa.
ZIFA vice-president Omega Sibanda announced the former Galatasaray player as the coach to take charge.
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“Norman Mapeza is the coach who will take charge of the Warriors on an interim basis. He will take charge of the match against Zambia. He will choose his own assistants,” he said.
Names such as Sunday Chidzambwa, Joey Antipas, Caps United’s Lloyd Chitembwe, Bruce Grobbelaar, Madinda Ndlovu and Rahman Gumbo were all linked to the job.
On the other hand, a source added that Mapeza will not come cheap.
“ZIFA wants someone with a strong character to take Zimbabwean football forward. Someone experienced — a disciplinarian like Mapeza,” said a source to the website.
“Of course, he will not come cheap, considering where he is employed, but at the end of the day, something has to be done to take him on board because what is needed is someone who can lift our football.”
Mapeza will, however, have to prove himself to be given the job permanently as he makes his return to the national team since 2010.