Zimbabwe to announce new coach and fire Chidzambwa

Zimbabwe to announce new coach and fire Chidzambwa
Sunday Chidzambwa

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Feb 15, 2018. 10:30

News filtering through to AfricanFootball.com is that the Zimbabwean Football Association is set to hire a new national team coach.

The development comes after the football association appointed Sunday Chidzambwa in December as an interim coach.

NewsDay Sport reports that the country’s football mother body is negotiating with a Scottish-born coach, Simon Alexander McMenemy, to take over the reins.

According to the website, McMenemy is already in the country accompanied by his manager and have held negotiations with ZIFA.

“Simon and his manager Soltani Sofian of Shengli Sports are already in the country and have met ZIFA officials to discuss the possibility of him becoming the national team coach,” said a source t NewsDay.

“They have had separate meetings since last week with ZIFA president Philip Chiyangwa, the association secretary-general Joseph Mamutse and technical director Wilson Mutekede.

“Simon’s manager flew to Zambia yesterday and is expected back in Harare today (yesterday), when talks are expected to resume. The parties want to keep the negotiations as secretive as possible.

“They have agreed on almost everything, and the only sticking point is on the structure of the technical team.

“Simon wants to bring his own backroom staff, in particular his assistants, but ZIFA wants to give him locals that can understudy him and take over at a later stage.”

Although it is reported that the two parties were close to reaching a deal, the appointment will be announced once they iron out a few sticking points.

Should McMenemy get the job, he will become the fifth Warriors coach to be appointed by ZIFA since Kalisto Pasuwa’s contract was not renewed following the team’s below par performance at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon.

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