Peter Ndlovu to coach Warriors


Legendary former Warriors striker Peter Ndlovu is set to land the post of assistant coach when a German coach is announced by the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa), NewsDay can exclusively reveal.
Sources within Zifa yesterday confirmed that Ndlovu would assume his role as “Zifa try to relive the Dream Team days”.
“Peter is a motivator for the younger generation because of his rich experience in football. The fact that he is former captain for the Warriors makes him the best candidate for the job. We are still negotiating with Peter but indications are that he is willing to serve his country.
“We want to relive the days of the Dream Team and Peter will certainly add value to our aspirations,” the source said.
Ndlovu was not available for comment yesterday as he is believed to be in South Africa for the World Cup.
Zifa president Cuthbert Dube said in a written response yesterday: “The senior national team is our flagship and we are committed to work towards a successful 2012 African Cup of Nations and 2014 Fifa World Cup campaigns.
“We believe that our valued fans deserve a special treat that should see our senior national team (men) and on other national teams, succeed in the campaign. The ‘Dream Team’ euphoria of the 90’s is set to be rekindled as from 4 September 2010 when the 2012 African Cup of Nations starts.”
The current caretaker coach Norman Mapeza, the source said, will revert back to his post as Under-23 coach while assisting the senior team. Ndlovu signaled his intention to venture into coaching when he recently took part in the Confederation of African Football C-Licence course in Harare.
Ndlovu was quoted saying: “If you have been a footballer, you will stay in football forever after you finish playing, but you look at the next level which is coaching or giving back in one way or the other.”
Ndlovu hung up his boots last year after his South African team, Thanda Zulu Royal were relegated from the Premier League and has been in Harare for some time, giving ‘morale support’ to brother Madinda, who is now Black Mambas technical advisor.
The former Highlanders striker, arguably Zimbabwe’s greatest ever player, played in England’s top division after joining Coventry City in 1991.
He went on to spend six seasons at the club, although they were relegated from the Premier League during his spell there. Ndlovu later played for Huddersfield, Birmingham and Sheffield United before moving to South Africa where he joined Mamelodi Sundowns in 2004.
Sixty two year-old German coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels has been named the Zifa technical director after Zimbabwe and Germany signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of the country’s football.
The pact was signed between the German Embassy and the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture. Pagels is expected in the country next month and will stay in the country for two years.
Pagels was in the country recently to watch Zimbabwe take on Brazil in a high profile international friendly match at the National Sports Stadium. The Warriors lost the match 3-0.
The national team post was left vacant after Sunday Chidzambwa quit early this year.