ZIFA has rewarded COSAFA 2017 winning coach, Sunday Chidzambwa, with an appointment to take charge of the Zimbabwe Warriors’ Championship of African Nations (CHAN) qualifiers starting this weekend.
On Sunday, Chidzambwa became the first coach to win the COSAFA Cup three times, leading Zimbabwe to a convincing 3-1 win over Zambia in the final in Rusternburg, South Africa.
In the process, Zimbabwe also became record winners of the competition having won it five times.
In recognition of this achievement, ZIFA and COSAFA President, Dr Phillip Chiyangwa immediately announced that to ensure continuity, Chidzambwa would take charge of the locally-based contingent, the bulk of which he has worked with in the successful COSAFA run.
“We felt that continuity was integral in this cause and this creates a strong bond between the players and the technical team.
“This technical team has made us and the nation proud by winning a historic 5th COSAFA Castle Cup and we have made a decision that they will take charge of the 2018 CHAN qualifiers to ensure that we qualify for the finals in Kenya.
“There is a lot of potential in both the technical team and the players going forward and we saw no reason to disturb this momentum.
The Warriors face Namibia in the first leg of the qualifier on July 16 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek as they set their sights on qualifying for the tournament they have never missed since its inception in 2009.
“We are happy with the work they are doing and as we head to Namibia, we wish them success again. On our part as Zifa, we will strive to provide a smooth working environment to ensure continued success of all national teams and we remain indebted to ZPC Kariba and Dynamos for letting us have their coaches during the course of the season,” Dr Chiyangwa told the association’s official website, www.zifa.org.zw.
Lloyd Mtasa and Bongani Mafu continue as Chidzambwa’s assistants while Wellington Mpandare also continues as the team manager.
Chidzambwa names CHAN squad
Soon after his appointment, Chidzambwa has released the names of an 18-member squad to play away to Namibia in the CHAN second round qualifier on 16 July.
This being a tournament reserved for locally based players only, the COSAFA winning coach included new players into the squad, at the same time dropping others who were part of the COSAFA triumph.
Despite being stretchered off in the final stages of the match against Zambia, Talent Chawapiwa will be fit to play a part in Zimbabwe’s quest to qualify for the finals of the CHAN tournament.
Ocean Mushure, Gerald Takwara and Liberty Chakoroma are also among the eight Warriors carried over from the sub-regional tourney into the CHAN qualifier in Windhoek on Sunday.
Following impressive performances in the Champions League, Caps United’s duo of Ronald Chitiyo and Abbas Amidu were included in the squad.
Takabva Mawaya (Ngezi Platinum)
Herbert Rusawo (Black Rhinos)
Obey Mwerahari (Dynamos)
Devine Lunga (Chicken Inn)
Jimmy Dzingai (Yadah FC)
Dennis Dauda (Yadah FC)
Jimmy Tigere (Harare City)
Ocean Mushure (Dynamos)
Moses Muchenje (Caps United)
Gerald Takwara (FC Platinum)
Liberty Chakoroma (Ngezi Platinum)
Talent Chawapihwa (FC Platinum)
Emmanuel Mandiranga (Dynamos)
Raphael Manuvire (ZPC Kariba)
Ronald Chitiyo (Caps United)
Abbas Amidu (Caps United)
Prince Dube (Highlanders)
Terrence Dzukamanja (Ngezi Platinum)