The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) says the appointment of the Warriors Head Coach is an urgent matter if the country is to ensure that the successful candidate works with the interim setup and come up with a call up list to advise clubs and players ahead of CHAN 2011 and 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Following the failure by ZIFA to secure Tom Saintfietâ€™s work permit, the football mother body is now in a race against time to appoint a substantive national team coach as some crucial continental matches beckon.
ZIFA Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Mashingaidze said they are moving with haste in terms of the engagement of the man to take charge of the Warriors, ahead of the CHAN tournament, billed for Sudan from the 4th to the 25th of February next year and the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers during the same year.
â€œIt is very important that the coach be appointed before Christmas for him to be able to work with the interim structure so that they come up with a call up list to advise players and clubs just before the end of the year. This should enable us to assess the coachâ€™s requirements ahead of the CHAN 2011 and 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers,â€ Mashingaidze said.
The search for a substantive national team coach stems from the deportation of Tom Saintfiet and subsequent rejection of ZIFAâ€™s work permit application for the Belgian coach by the Department of Immigration.
The football mother body is believed to have confined its search for a national team coach to a 4 man shortlist comprising Charles Mhlauri, Rahman Gumbo, Benjamin Moyo and current caretaker coach Madinda Ndlovu.