DYNAMOS coach Kalisto Pasuwa has replaced Peter Ndlovu as the national Under-23 team coach and will combine forces with Chicken Inn’s Mkhupali Masuku in a bid to assemble a squad that will qualify for the next Olympics.
Ndlovu dumped the Warriors after an opportunity opened up at rich Absa Premiership side Mamelodi Sundowns where he was appointed team manager.
Pasuwa, who was assistant to Ndlovu was elevated and chose Masuku as his assistant. They will get help from Warriors coach Ian Gorowa.
Zifa board member for competitions Benedict Moyo confirmed the new set up adding that the national Under-20 coach will also have a role in the Under-23 side. Zimbabwe has never qualified for the Olympics and Pasuwa will lead the assault for a place at Rio 2016.
“Pasuwa is the Under-23 coach now and he will work with all the other coaches who are involved with the national team now to ensure that they apply the same philosophy from the juniors going up,” said Moyo.
The big task for Pasuwa and Masuku will be trying to qualify for the All-Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville in 2015. The qualifiers start next year before switching their attention to the Olympics.
Ndlovu left his post before presiding over any match, having been appointed after the sacking of Friday Phiri who failed to take the team to the 2011 All-Africa Games in Mozambique.
Meanwhile, the national Under-20 team will play Zambia in a curtain raiser to the Zimbabwe versus Mozambique Fifa 2014 World Cup qualifier.
Zimbabwe and Zambia will be preparing for the age group Cosafa tournament.