Zifa sidelines Mhlauri


BY ITAI DZAMARA
HARARE - The door has been slammed on former national soccer team coach, Charles Mhlauri, following his fallout with the majority of officials at the Zimbabwe Football Association, this paper has heard.
Mhlauri was mooted to bounce back as Warriors' assistant coac


h to a foreigner, whilst also heading the technical department of the Under-23 team.
However, recent meetings of Zifa board members culminated in some of them saying the dreadlocked mentor had to be excluded. They cited what they perceived to be Mhlauri’s criticism and expression of personal differences with them through media articles.
Mhlauri has been penning a column in the Sunday Mail, in which he mixes technical matters with politics of football administration in the country.
“The board member development (Regis Dzenga) had Mhlauri on his list and really wanted him to continue playing a major role, but not before other members expressed serious reservations with his articles, which they believe are aimed at attacking the ZIFA board,” a source said.
ZIFA said there was nothing to comment on because the matter was still to be resolved.
Bouncing back from obscurity, Mhlauri won back-to-back championships with Caps United in 2004 and 2005 to charm Zifa officials, who thrust him into the Warriors hot seat.
He fell from grace after guiding the Warriors to a series of poor results, whilst at the same time offending football followers through displays of arrogance.
He was fired three months ago, amid allegations he failed to properly follow vehicle importing regulations and other petty issues.
Mhlauri is currently in America coaching at a college, and sources say he plans to seek asylum there.
Former Warriors captain, Norman Mapeza has taken charge of the Warriors on an interim basis but impressed the nation with a convincing victory against Malawi recently, putting him into a firm position for inclusion in the technical team, expected to be announced soon.


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