WORK permit problems for national football coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels have derailed the Warriors’ preparations for the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier against Egypt next month.
Report by Kevin Mapasure
Pagels has stopped work as Zifa scurries to regularise the German coach’s papers ahead of their friendly match against Botswana at the weekend.
It was not clear by yesterday what problems Zifa were facing in getting the work permit, but it is a process that can be daunting.
Pagels was employed as a technical advisor for Zifa on a government-to-government agreement, but Zifa decided to employ the coach to manage the Warriors late last year.
FC Platinum coach Tenant Chilumba had to wait for almost two months to get his paperwork after his switch from Hwange to the platinum miners.
Pagels was looking to start preparations with an international friendly match against Botswana on Wednesday but as matters stand he cannot even conduct training sessions.
Contacted for comment Zifa board member Benedict Moyo, in charge of the national team, said he was not aware of Pagel’s problem.
Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze, who only returned to work this week owing to illness, was not available for comment.
But Pagels expressed frustration at the delays in the granting of his work permit.
“I cannot speak about the national team at the moment, there is a problem with the work permit and people at Zifa promised to come back to me yesterday but they did not,” said Pagels. “I am out of work now until it’s sorted.”
Belgian Tom Saintfiet was deported from Zimbabwe in October 2010 after he started working as Warriors coach without a work permit.
Pagels was hoping to kick-start his talent identification programme with a lower league Under-23 tournament which failed to take off after Zifa failed to raise funds.
The Warriors’ technical team has released the squad to face Botswana in an international friendly at Rufaro stadium on Wednesday.
The biggest casualties from the previous regime led by Rahman Gumbo include goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini, Tinashe Nengomasha, Cuthbert Malajila and Takesure Chinyama, among others.
Pagels promised surprises in his squad selection and he duly delivered with the call up of Hardlife Zvirekwi, Nicholas Guyo and Silas Songani to mention a few.
Washington Arubi, Artwell Mkandi, Maxwell Nyamupanedengu, Achieford Gutu, Denver Mukamba, Quincy Antipas, Gilbert Mapemba, Simba Sithole, Lloyd Zvasiya, Khama Billiat, Tafadzwa Rusike, Mathew Rusike, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Patson Jaure, Ocean Mushure, Nicholas Guyo, Silas Songani, Ronald Chitoyo, Peter Moyo and Masimba Mambare.