ZIFA to send Mapeza for skills upgrading in Brazil

Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has resolved to send Warriors coach Norman Mapeza to Brazil to upgrade his coaching skills ahead of the forthcoming 2013 African Cup of Nations finals and the 2014 World Cup.

Norman Mapeza
Norman Mapeza

The Zifa board is scheduled to meet in the capital on Friday next week to review the Warriors failure to qualify for the 2012 Nations Cup finals but Mapeza's job has since been guaranteed and it will not be part of the agenda of the meeting.

ZIFA C.E.O Jonathan Mashingaidze said the soccer mother body which resolved to give Mapeza the chance once again despite failing to lead the Warriors to the continental soccer show case to be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon will send the coach to Brazil for skills upgrading.

"Zifa wants Mapeza to continue as Warriors coach and we have plans to send him to Brazil for skills upgrading. We have two important tournaments coming- the 2013 Nations Cup qualifiers and the 2014 World Cup and we feel he has to go for a refresher course ahead of these tournaments. We believe he is doing a good job and needs the support of everyone despite that we failed to qualify for next year's finals," said Mashingaidze.

The Zifa chief also revealed that the association will also be sending Mapeza to South Africa to enable him to monitor the performance of Zimbabwean players based there and also interact with their club coaches.

Zimbabwe failed to make it to next year's African Cup of Nations finals after they were beaten 2-1 by Cape Verde in a Group A final round clash to surrender the ticket to Mali who topped the group after labouring to a 2-2 draw against Liberia in Monrovia.

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