ZIFA have given an update on the search for a new Warriors coach after missing the two deadlines they had promised to make an announcement on Zdravko Logarusic’s replacement.
ZIFA board member, Bryton Malandule, who is the chairman of the technical and development committee told The Herald that he expected an announcement to be made today.
He urged Zimbabweans to be patient saying:
The board has already set in motion the process of identifying a new set-up to take over the affairs of the senior national football team. We are very confident by tomorrow (today), we should be able to make an announcement. Right now it’s premature for me to go into details because we do not want to jeopardise the processes and the discussions that are currently taking place. As a board member, I have the duty to protect the confidential information that is discussed in meetings, unless I have been given the mandate to speak on the subject. So we are asking for Zimbabweans to be patient, just for the next 24 hours.
Malandule said although ZIFA does not have much time to search for a substantive coach it was going to do a thorough job in the shortest time possible. He said:
We know time is not on our side because there are important matches coming up in the next few weeks. But, we still have to do a thorough job in the shortest possible time. Remember, we have short-term and long-term fixes that we need to work on. We need a short-term solution now because we do not have enough time, on our hands, before we play our next game. The long-term thing will obviously be the normal channel, where an advert will be flighted in the media, and we will receive applications which we will work on.
ZIFA is in the hunt for a new coach after firing Zdravko Logarusic on Sunday after the coach won just one of his 14 matches, in charge. Reports suggest that ZIFA have approached FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza to take over as interim coach who will be responsible for the Warriors for the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. Benjani Mwaruwari is expected to stay in the interim setup.
Sources have said should Mapeza impress, he could be considered to take charge of the 2021 AFCON finals in Cameroon next January.