The Sunday Mail
THE Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has officially announced Norman Mapeza as the interim head coach of the Warriors on a three-month contract.
Mapeza, who replaces Zdravko Logarusic, will be assisted by Highlanders coach Mandla Mpofu and Taurai Mangwiro of Triangle United.
Former national team keeper, Energy Murambadoro, comes in as the goalkeepers’ trainer.
In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the association also thanked Logarusic for the services he rendered.
Logarusic presided over a single win in 14 matches, before he was sacked last Sunday.
The Croat gaffer was fired in the aftermath of Zimbabwe’s 0-1 defeat to Ethiopia in a Group G World Cup qualifier in Bahir Dar on September 7.
That defeat followed the 0-0 home draw against South Africa on September 3.
Resultantly, Zimbabwe find themselves bottom of Group G with one point and three behind log leaders South Africa.
Up next for the Warriors is back-to-back clashes against Ghana in October and Mapeza has been entrusted to at least restore some dignity to a national team side that had lost direction under the out of sorts Logarusic. “
“The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) would like to inform the football fraternity and the nation at large that it has agreed terms with Norman Mapeza to become the interim head coach of the Warriors on a three months’ contract.
“Other members of the interim technical setup appointed in consultation with the head coach are assistant coaches Taurayi Mangwiro and Mandla Mpofu, and goalkeepers’ coach Energy Murambadoro.
“ZIFA would like to thank all stakeholders for their patience during the process of recruitment.
“We also express our gratitude to former coach Zdravko Logarusic for the services he rendered and we wish him the best in his future endeavours.
“The new technical team shares the vision that the association has for the Warriors, and we wish them all the best during their tenure, “read a statement from ZIFA communications and competitions manager, Xolisani Gwesela.