THE Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) will appoint a new technical department for the national soccer team before the Warriors’ next match against Algeria on June 20 in Harare.
Talks between Zifa and former South Africa’s head coach Jomo Sono set for next week were expected to culminate in a deal, sources privy to the goings-on at the football association told IndependentSport.
Sono is likely to be appointed Warriors’ head coach and Zifa has been frantically seeking sponsorship for the highly respected mentor’s signing-on fee as well as salaries.
According to the sources, Zifa has already secured commitments from two members of the corporate world, the reason Sono will be coming for a meeting next week.
Sono this week confirmed during a telephone interview that he would be coming to Zimbabwe next week and that he hoped to agree with Zifa terms of a contract.
“I will be coming to Zimbabwe next week for meetings with Zifa,” said Sono. “I have been given offers by four nations, including Zimbabwe, and I will consider the options before reaching a decision.”
Zifa vice-chairman Wyatt Mpofu, who is responsible for national teams, this week said the soccer governing body would announce the way forward on the Warriors’ technical department after meeting with Sono next week.
Zifa had initially tried to lure Sono into joining the Warriors’ coaching department as technical director for the past two months. However, following the abrupt resignation of head coach Sunday Marimo last week, a Zifa board meeting is said to have decided to consider bringing in Sono as head coach.
The same Zifa board meeting also considered appointing Rahman Gumbo as assistant coach to Sono in the event that the South African accepts the job as head coach.
Gumbo will be in charge of the Warriors tomorrow against Gabon together with Brenna Msiska.