Rahman Gumbo, who was presiding on an interim basis and whose contract expired yesterday, has already stated his willingness to finish the job that he started. Yet Warriors coach Norman Mapeza who could be cleared of any wrong-doing in the Asiagate match-fixing probe may be back and willing to return to office.
Zifa has promised that the ethics committee that is handling the case would have finished their job by mid-March, meaning in two weeks’ time Mapeza’s fate would have been sealed, ditto that of his assistant Joey Antipas.
Mapeza told Newsday after the Warriors’ 2-1 defeat in Bujumbura that it is only fair for him to carry on with his job.
Indications are that Gumbo is lining himself up for the job on a full-time basis and despite flunking his first assignment he wants to be in charge of the Warriors in the second leg in which a 1-0 win over Burundi will suffice.
“If asked to do the preparations for the return leg I will be more than happy because I know my opponents better,” said Gumbo.
Maybe the best option for Gumbo would be to finish off the task he started and then hand over the job back to Mapeza if the latter is cleared of match- fixing allegations. But the Warriors also start their World Cup campaign in June and this presents a problem as the team cannot possibly have two different coaches for the two different tournaments.
The Burundi return leg will be played on June 17, while the first round of matches in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers will be played the weekend of June 1-3.
Despite the defeat, the Warriors will fancy their chances while playing at home because the team for the first leg was hastily assembled, with players arriving late for camp.
Knowledge Musona only arrived in Burundi on the morning of the match and was thrust straight into the starting 11 where he had to gel with players he had not played with before.