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Agent Sawu divides Zifa

by Staff reporter
08 Mar 2020 at 13:15hrs | Views
IT'S now virtually certain that there will be no immediate Warriors team manager appointment as there seems to be some haggling over the right candidate for the important job within the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) board.

This comes as former Warriors striker Agent Sawu's name has been thrown into the fray to succeed Wellington Mpandare, who has been the national team manager for the past three years.
Mpandare also applied to retain the post but the Daily News on Sunday understands the Zifa board is not willing to rehire him in a similar role.

All along, it appeared as if Harare businessman Sharif Mussa was going to bounce back into the role for a fourth stint.

Mussa is a well-liked figure in Zimbabwe football circles due to his professionalism and understanding of the


It has emerged that Ajira, as Sawu was affectionately called during his heyday is a favourite of one of the Zifa board members on the basis that he will bring the Southern Region balance in the Warriors technical team setup.

Zifa recently appointed Croatian Zdravko "Loga" Logarusic to be the national team coach and he will be assisted by Harare City's Lloyd Chitembwe and Dynamos gaffer Tonderai Ndiraya.
Both Chitembwe and Ndiraya are all from the capital in the Northern Region.

Zifa appointments continue to be guided by some unwritten outdated and controversial code of quota system that tries to balance between the Northern and Southern regions.
Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela played down the delay in naming a team manager and the tussle among board members angling for their preferred candidates.

"I'm not aware of any cracks in Zifa board. In as far as I know Zifa board is united and as for the appointment of the team manager they are appointed on the basis of merit and experience not regionalism," Gwesela told the Daily News on Sunday.

Initially, the Warriors team manager was also supposed to have been named when Zifa unveiled Logarusic in January.

Since then, no official announcement has been made with Zifa president Felton Kamambo only insisting that the human resources committee is still tasked with the matter.

The locally-based Warriors squad is scheduled to go into camp tomorrow as they prepare for the forthcoming 2020 Chan finals to be held in Cameroon in April.

Next week, the Warriors full squad is also expected to come in camp as they prepare for the mouthwatering back-to-back clashes against reigning African champions Algeria in 2021 Afcon Group H qualifiers.

It is not clear how Zifa will ensure the smooth running of the Warriors' camps without an important member of the technical staff like the team manager.

The delay in naming a substantive team manager complicates matters for the Warriors ahead of these important upcoming assignments.

The team manager is responsible for all the communication between the association, players and their clubs in the run-up to international matches.

Clubs must be given enough grace period notifying them that their players have been selected for national duty.
In this notice, all the necessary logistics like air tickets and itinerary must be included in order for clubs to be fully aware of the movements of their players.

Although a player will be coming for national duty, they remain the responsibility of clubs, who pay their huge salaries and medical insurance. Zimbabwe has in recent times faced challenges in which certain key players missed crucial matches due to non-availability owing to poor communication between clubs and the association.

Matters have also been complicated after the Confederation of African Football (Caf) recently banned Zimbabwe from hosting international games due to dilapidated stadia.

With so much uncertainty regarding the Warriors' next home, clubs and players will find it difficult to get the right answers without a point person to contact within Zifa which is normally the team manager.

Source - dailynews