Chidzambwa for Cecafa tournament

HARARE – The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has appointed Sunday “Mhofu” Chidzambwato take charge of the Warriors for the upcoming 2017 Cecafa Cup tournament to be held in Kenya.

Zimbabwe has been invited to be part of the cast for the tournament solely reserved for East and Central African nations.

The tournament will start on November 25 and will run until December 9 with at least national teams taking part namely Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Ethiopia, Libya (guest), Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe (guest). 

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At the moment, the Warriors do not have a substantive coach following Kalisto Pasuwa’s sacking in February following the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon.

Since then Zifa have been appointing coaches on an ad hoc basis before matches.

FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza took charge of the Warriors 2019 Afcon qualifier against Liberia at the National Sports Stadium in June.

Chidzambwa was then chosen to guide the team for the 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup in South Africa which the side won.

The ZPC Kariba coach also took charge of the locally based Warriors side for the 2018 African nations Championship qualifiers against Namibia.

“Zifa advises the football family and the nation at large that it has appointed…Chidzambwa as the caretaker senior national team coach, exclusively for the upcoming Cecafa tournament,” the association’s spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela said last night.

“Zimbabwe accepted the invitation to play as a guest nation at the 2017 edition of the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations tournament to be played in Kenya.

“Chidzambwa has vast experience as a national team coach, having earned Zimbabwe her first appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2004.

“The veteran coach has also enjoyed considerable success in the region, winning this year’s Cosafa Castle Cup hosted by South Africa in July.”

Chidzambwa is now expected to announce the squad to for this tournament in the coming days.

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