The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) will this week announce assistant coaches to all national teams starting from grassroots level up to the national developmental side.
By Nyambira Chivasa
The football supreme body last month announced the head coaches to all national teams starting from Under-13, 17, 20 and 23 teams.
Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela confirmed to this publication that the football governing body would move with speed to appoint assistant coaches to allow all the teams to start working in preparation of matches that they will be taking part in.
“We will be announcing assistant coaches of all youth teams by the end of this week to see to it that they start working towards preparations for whatever competition they will be playing,” Gwesela said.
The late appointment of assistant coaches will have a negative impact on preparations for the African Union Sports region V Under-20 Youth Games to be held in Bulawayo from December 4 to 15.
Shabanie Mine head coach Jairos Tapera, who has a rich history of working with junior players, was re-appointed the Under-20 national team coach while Gutu Football Club head coach Tafadzwa Mashiri was appointed Under-17 national team coach.
Kiglon head coach Pearson Matipedza comes in as the new Under-15 national team coach while James Mohala from the Naph structures was appointed, national Under-13 coach.
Bulawayo’s Sithethelelwe Sibanda has been appointed as head coach for both the Under-20 and Under-23 women’s teams while Hwange High school English teacher Evelyn Rimai is the new Under-17 team boss.
Fifteen countries will converge in the country for the games to be staged in Bulawayo and these include South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia, DRC, Tanzania, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Angola, Botswana,Lesotho, Malawi and Zimbabwe.