Saintfiet in charge

tom_saintfietHARARE - New Warriors coach Tom Saintfiet (Pictured) has insisted that he will be there when Zimbabwe take on Cape Verde in a Group A African Cup of Nations qualifier in Harare on Sunday, despite the fact that he has not yet acquired a work permit.

Normally a work permit takes up to six weeks to be processed. And, according to immigration laws, the applicant should be living outside the country while the work permit is being processed.

But, the 37-year-old Belgian coach who was appointed the Warriors coach has insisted that he will be there no matter what

Saintfiet, who held his first training session with the Warriors at the National Sports Stadium B arena on Monday, said it was incorrect to suggest the processing of a work permit takes six weeks.

“I think you should know the laws of your country better. It can take six weeks to process a work permit, but it can also take one day. If Valinos’ work permit could be processed in two days why do you think my work permit will not be processed before the match against Cape Verde?” asked the Belgian. “There is no propaganda about this because I was appointed the coach on the basis of my qualifications and I am in charge. The reason why I left the Namibia job and came here is to beat Cape Verde. That is my mission. It’s a difficult mission because Cape Verde are a very strong team and are ranked 77 in the world while Zimbabwe are ranked 118, but I won’t have any excuse for losing against Cape Verde.

The Warriors who drew 1-1 with Liberia in their opening match in Monrovia, need to win against Cape Verde to keep their hops alive of making it to the finals after having failed to qualify in the last two editions of the soccer showcase.

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