Chidzambwa set to keep Warriors job

SUNDAY Chidzambwa is likely to stay put as Zimbabwe national football team coach following his team’s success in the recent Cosafa Senior Challenge Trophy which was held in the country.

Chidzambwa this week held discussions with Zifa where talks centred on his payment and grooming a team for the next African Nations Cup and World Cup qualifiers. 
“We had meetings with him where we discussed preparations for the forthcoming Chan qualifiers, and the probability of friendlies,” Rushwaya said.
“He has done the nation pride and all progressive people would want him to stay.”
Chidzambwa was this week quoted in local media saying he would not extend his contract beyond November 15, when it’s due to expire.
Chidzambwa’s exit would have paved way for German Klaus-Dieter Pagels, who was earmarked by Zifa to take over had Chidzambwa’s team failed to win the regional Cosafa tournament.
After a slow start to the tournament, the Warriors improved with each outing. Their best performance was in the final on Sunday where Caps United hitman Nyasha Mushekwi struck two beautiful goals while Dynamos’ Cuthbert Malajila added a third to steer the hosts to a 3-1 win over Zambia.
Zimbabwe have now won the tournament a record four times.
Meanwhile, Rushwaya also dismissed reports the Warriors players refused to check out of the Rainbow Towers hotel demanding payment.
“They could not have done that,” she said.  “Cosafa have not yet honoured their obligation (to pay prize money), but as Zifa we have already paid the players on behalf of Cosafa. It’s now left to us to deal with Cosafa.”

 

Enock Muchinjo

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