ZIFA consider appointing Mapeza

ZIFA consider appointing Mapeza
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

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Mar 29, 2017. 10:30

After leading his country in their 0-0 draw against Zambia, the Zimbabwean Football Association has expressed satisfaction with coach Norman Mapeza.

Mapeza was handed the coaching reins last week on a caretaker basis to lead the team against Chipolopolo on Sunday ahead of the African Championships and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.

However, reports now indicate that ZIFA has dropped a hint that the FC Platinum gaffer could be given the job on a full-time basis.

ZIFA vice-president Omega Sibanda said they were happy with Mapeza and would be meeting in due course as an executive to map the way forward.

“What I can only say is that we are happy with Mapeza’s performance. We will be meeting in due course as an executive to map the way forward,” said Sibanda.

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“We can’t say anything about FC Platinum. We can’t comment further than this.”

The News Day reports that although Mapeza is owed money by ZIFA, the former Galatasaray man has chosen to overlook the issue and has not hidden his desire to take the job on a permanent basis.

Mapeza insisted that he would not snub the opportunity to coach the Warriors if he was given the job.

“It’s for the national cause [helping with the national team]. It could be Lloyd Chitembwe or [Sunday] Chidzambwa tomorrow, so it’s a national cause, that is why I am here. It is for the country,” Mapeza said.

“For me to be here, it is because of these people [fans], that’s why I am here. If I was someone who was mad at Zifa, I could have gone and took everything at ZIFA Village, but I knew one day I would come back and sit on the technical bench.

“For now I can’t make a decision. I am employed by FC Platinum, they are the ones who can make a decision.”



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