THE Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) is now looking on the local front for a coach to replace Moses Chunga as Warriors assistant coach after having earlier targeted South African-based Ian
Gorowa as possible replacement, it emerged this week.
Gorowa is currently the assistant coach at South African premier league outfit Ajax Cape Town.
Zifa had hoped that the offer to coach a national side would lure Gorowa back home, but the association halted their pursuit after receiving a cold shoulder from the ex-Zimbabwe international and his employers. Zifa also cowered at the big money offer needed to convince Gorowa to leave the more rewarding South African premiership.
Gorowa is one of the highly rated young coaches in South African football, and is tipped to eventually take over from current head coach Gordon Igesund at the Cape Town club.
Zifa is eager to engage a high-profile assistant coach to replace Chunga, who was fired by the national association last month for alleged indiscipline and abuse of team protocol.
Speculation has also linked former Warriors captain Norman Mapeza to fill the national team number-two coach vacancy. Mapeza finally retired from active football last month after an unsuccessful attempt to revive his playing career in South Africa with Ajax Cape Town.
But again, Mapeza is said to be uninterested inthe offer.
The Warriors are now not likely to have an assistant coach for their World Cup/Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda at home on September 4.
The local coaches likely to be offered the job by Zifa include Masvingo United mentor Luke Masomere and Monomotapa’s Friday Phiri.