Trio lined up for Warriors job

Itai Dzamara

ROY Barretto, Charles Mhlauri and Nelson Matongorere are likely to be appointed to the Warriors’ coaching department by the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) next week.


IndependentSport this week established that while applications for the Warriors coaching job were still pouring in, Zifa had resolved to guide the individual who will be appointed head coach in his selection of assistants. This is meant to avert the crisis created over the past two years, when former head coach, Sunday Chidzambwa, reserved privilege to choose his assistants. Chidzambwa used that contractual privilege to cling onto Rahman Gumbo and Brenna Msiska even when Zifa tried to dismiss them for indiscipline.

Zifa vice-chairman, Wyatt Mpofu, yesterday said the announcement of the technical team to take charge of the Warriors was expected on Wednesday next week. “We should announce the appointment of the coach on Wednesday next week.

“We have received applications and are looking at the track record of the aspiring candidates,” Mpofu said. “We will shortlist those we will invite for negotiations starting this weekend and by Tuesday we should finish that process.”

Mpofu added the interviewing process would in addition to coming up with the head coach, also produce a list from which the coach would choose assistants. “We will give the coach a pool of assistants to choose from to avoid problems and controversy,” he said.

Investigations this week revealed that Caps United’s Mhlauri was originally being considered to take over as head coach. Zifa was interested in Mhlauri to the extent that when it called for applications and the log leaders’ mentor had not submitted, Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze was sent to request for Mhlauri’s application and CV. Mashingaidze confirmed this on Wednesday. Mhlauri also confirmed yesterday having been approached by Mashingaidze and that he had handed in his credentials.

However, Barretto’s name later cropped up and Zifa approached the vastly travelled mentor, who expressed interest and subsequently entered the race which also includes the likes of Matongorere, Gibson Homela, Keegan Mumba and Ebson Muguyo.

Shabanie Mine head coach Moses Chunga, who was initially tipped to assist Mhlauri, was removed from the list because of lack of coaching qualifications.

It also emerged that Zifa had gone as far as trying to court former Warriors charismatic mentor Reinhard Fabisch, now staying in Trinidad and Tobago. But in a letter faxed to Zifa, a copy of which was seen by this paper, Fabisch declined the offer saying he was tied up.

The trio to be appointed will have two weeks to call up a squad and prepare for the crunch World Cup qualifier against Angola next month.