ZIFA to name Brazilian as Warriors coach

ZIFA to name Brazilian as Warriors coach

HARARE - A Brazilian will be named Zimbabwe's next coach, but his identity has been kept a secret until he arrives early January.

The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) yesterday only named Dynamos mentor David Mandigora as assistant to the Brazilian coach.
ZIFA officials have not been at liberty to disclose the name of Charles Mhlauri’s successor as Warriors coach, except revealing his nationality.
Mandigora, who once served as Mhlauri’s assistant, has been rewarded for leading Dynamos to the Premiership championship.
Eastern Lions coach Brenna Msiska returns to the national team and will be in charge of the goalkeepers.
Msiska was once assistant to Rahman Gumbo before they were fired after the Warriors lost to Nigeria at home in 2004.
Ernest Sibanda and Mussa Shariff have been retained as team manager and liaison officer respectively.
The Warriors technical bench was dissolved in June after Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the African Nations Cup finals in Ghana next month.
ZIFA had delayed naming the new technical team as they desperately sought to secure funds for a foreign coach.
German Reinhard Fabisch had been hotly tipped to return as Warriors coach but has since signed a deal with Benin.
The new Warriors coach’s brief will be to qualify Zimbabwe for the 2010 World Cup finals in neighbouring South Africa.
Zimbabwe have been drawn against Guinea, Kenya and Namibia in the World Cup first round qualifiers.
The Warriors have been scheduled to play their first qualifier away to Guinea on the weekend of May 30 to June 1 2008. 
On June 6-8, Zimbabwe host Namibia in their second qualifier before they travel to Kenya the following weekend. 
A week later, Zimbabwe will be at home to Kenya – making it four international matches on four consecutive weekends.
Zimbabwe have never qualified for the World Cup. – ZimOnline

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