Mapeza appointed interim Warriors coach

0
36
Warriors head coach Norman Mapeza

Zimbabwe has named Norman Mapeza
as their interim national football team head coach for the upcoming four-nations tournament in Malawi.

The tournament which will be played in Lilongwe from March 18 to 26, features hosts Malawi, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Mapeza, who is also the head coach of Zimbabwean topflight side FC Platinum, was incharge of the national team when they featured at the 2017 African Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.

The former national team captain will be assisted by Ngezi Platinum Stars head coach, Takesure Chiragwi, who last season led his side to their maiden Premier Soccer League title.

Mapeza, who has had several stints as Warriors coach, replaces Portuguese mentor Baltemar Brito, whose contract was not renewed when it ended at the end of last year.

Initial reports had suggested that another Zimbabwe legend, former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar was the favourite to be named the new Warriors coach following his visit to the country last week.

The Zimbabwe FA, which is currently being led by a Fifa-appointed normalisation committee however opted for Mapeza.

“ZIFA is pleased to announce that Norman Mapeza has been appointed as the interim head coach of the men’s Zimbabwe national team, for the upcoming four-nations tournament in Malawi. The tournament which will be played in Lilongwe from the 18th-26th of March, features hosts Malawi, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe,” reads a statement by ZIFA.

“Norman Mapeza is the current head coach of Zimbabwe Premier League side FC Platinum with whom he has won multiple league titles. He is also a former national team captain and has had several stints as head coach of the men’s senior national team.

“Norman Mapeza will be assisted by Ngezi Platinum Stars head coach, Takesure Chiragwi.”

It is not yet clear if Mapeza will still be incharge when the Warriors resume their 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign in June.

Zimbabwe host Lesotho on the first week of June before traveling to South Africa the following week.

Zimbabwe currently occupies fifth position in a six team Group C group with two points from two matches.

Rwanda leads the group with four points, followed by South Africa on three, while Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Lesotho are tied on two each.

Benin anchor the standings with one point.

The winner of the group will directly qualify to the 2026 Fifa World Cup.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here