CAPS United coach Charles Mhlauri and Shabanie Mine’s Moses Chunga could be thrust into the deep end and tasked with guiding the Warriors in their 2006 World Cup/African Cup of Nations qualifier
against Angola next month.
The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) board meets today to discuss the chaos and pathetic performance by the Warriors on Sunday in a 3-0 drubbing by Nigeria.
Highly placed sources revealed to this paper yesterday that the Zifa board – under pressure to make bold decisions – is likely to axe Rahman Gumbo and Brenna Msiska, who have been coaching the Warriors on a temporary basis since Sunday Chidzambwa quit in June.
Zifa chairman Rafik Khan yesterday said today’s meeting would come up with changes to the technical department but refused to be drawn into discussing possible candidates. “We have to decide in time in order to avoid another embarrassment when we play Angola next month. We could have desired to go for an experienced foreign coach but the resources currently don’t permit us,” Khan said.
Sources within the Zifa board hinted that Mhlauri and Chunga could be considered for an interim take-over while the association hunts for a permanent solution. The sources said Mhlauri and Chunga could also be brought into the technical department to work with Gumbo for the Angola match and the following Cosafa Castle Cup encounter against Zambia.
Belgian Marc Mertens could also be included as technical advisor.
Mhlauri yesterday said he would only comment when approached by Zifa and after considering the conditions.
Chunga could not be reached for comment.
It has also emerged that Zifa is negotiating with members of the corporate world for sponsorship needed to hire a foreign coach.
South Africa’s Jomo Sono is understood to have told Zifa that he was willing to consider joining the Warriors as long as sponsorship was secured. Sono visited Zimbabwe earlier this year for talks with Zifa.
Today’s meeting will also discuss the issue of indiscipline in the Warriors camp before the Nigeria match, with chances some members of the team could be reprimanded.
“We have to get to the bottom of this matter. We have asked for reports from members of the team regarding issues of indiscipline and will seriously consider these matters at the meeting,” Khan said.
Already, striker Shingirai Kawondera has been fined $2 million for going out clubbing before the crucial match, against camping rules. Reports implicate a number of players as well as the technical department for wayward behaviour.