The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has appointed Wilson Mutekede as its Technical Director with immediate effect, replacing Tawurayi Mangwiro who is now the head coach of Triangle Football Club.

Prior to signing a contract with the local football mother body, Mutekede was working with Shabanie Mine as their head coach.

He will be on the Shabanie Mine bench as the head coach for the last time when the Chinda Boys play Highlanders in the premiership on Sunday.

Mutekede is a CAF A licence holder who has a wealth of experience and vast knowledge in the technical development of football, having worked at both developmental and professional levels.

Between 2011 and 2014, Mutekede worked as the head coach of Twalumba FC, a project which was mainly driven by the goal to develop young talent.

Seven players he worked with during his reign at Twalumba FC now have at least a cap at senior national team level, most notably Elisha Muroiwa who was part of Zimbabwe’s Africa Cup of Nations team in Gabon this year.

The newly appointed Technical Director is also a CAF instructor, a qualification held by a few in Zimbabwe.

On top of attaining ZIFA and CAF coaching qualifications, Mutekede also studied for a Diploma in coaching and management at the National University of Science and Technology, the same institution where he is currently studying for a Sports Science in Coaching and Management degree.

Mutekede worked with premiership clubs in between 2008 and 2010 where he was the technical manager/assistant coach at Kiglon, the same role he held at Caps United from 2009 to 2010.

The local football governing body’s communications manager Xolisani Gwesela said the Technical Director will continue implementing a comprehensive coach education programme which seeks to equip coaches during a time when the coaching industry is being regularised.

The association will continue reviewing coach education programmes in order to enhance coaching standards.

“ZIFA has great confidence in the ability of Mutekede to contribute immensely towards the uplifting of coaching standards and nurturing of young talent because of his professional coaching and management knowledge,” added Gwesela.

The Technical Director will be responsible for the technical development of coaches and this will be done through touring all provinces, where he will also implement and supervise grassroots structures to ensure that junior football for both men and women thrives in line with ZIFA’s mandate.

Mutekede automatically becomes a member of the High-Performance Committee which has the responsibility of supervising the structure of all national teams.