ZIFA IN COACHES U-TURN
12 July 2017
. . . Mhofu stays on for CHAN
SUNDAY “MHOFU” Chidzambwa’s historic feat at the Cosafa Castle Cup has forced Zifa to abandon their original coaching rota.
Mhofu has been asked to stay on as Warriors’ interim coach and take charge of the CHAN qualifier against Namibia at the weekend.
Originally Zifa had asked Rahman Gumbo to take charge of CHAN assignments but the Chicken Inn coach has since been sidelined.
Both Chidzambwa and Rahman are members of the High Performance Committee and eyebrows had been raised when they were initially appointed given that they also played a role in the ouster of former coach Kalisto Pasuwa.
Chidzambwa has however, said he never wanted to take up the job given the conflict of interest.
“The truth is that I never wanted this job. My bosses can testify. I cannot employ myself or assess my own performance. Even after winning this cup, I will hand over to someone,” Chidzambwa told H-Metro after Sunday’s win.
Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa said the decision to retain Mhofu was based on the need for continuity.
“We felt that continuity was integral in this cause and this create a strong bond between the players and the technical team.
“This technical team has made us and the nation proud by winning a historic fifth COSAFA Castle Cup and we have made a decision that they (technical team) 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,” Chiyangwa said.
“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.”