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Zifa search for Warriors coach

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The first match is against Liberia in Monrovia on September 4. This means the new coach will have just two weeks to identify players, members of his technical staff and organise camp ahead of the away clash.
Yesterday, Zifa advertised the post of the national coach and gave an August 16 deadline for the submission of applications after which interviews will be conducted by the technical team headed by Kenny Marange.
The national association, whose president Cuthbert Dube has made qualification for 2012 his major priority, has financial problems and will have to seek corporate and government support if they are to get a foreign coach.
The new coach — to be handed a four-year deal — has to qualify for Afcon 2012 and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
He also has to prepare a squad of locally-based players for the 2011 edition of the African Nations Championships (Chan) to be held in Sudan.
Zifa says they need a coach with a Zifa Advanced or Level Four coaching certificate, Fifa/Caf Advanced coaching course or a Uefa A licence, five years coaching experience at premiership level and a diploma in sports science.
This is in addition to five ‘O’ levels, which might a sticking point to a number of local aspirants.
The aspirant must have won a league title, which puts Warriors caretaker coach Norman Mapeza in a better position as he also has a Caf C licence obtained this year.
Former Warriors international and German-based George Mbwando is the highest qualified coach in Zimbabwe at the moment as he holds the Uefa A licence.
Zifa has managed to get a technical director for all the national teams in the form of Klaus-Dieter Pagels from Germany on a government- to- government agreement and he will assist the national team coach. Pagels arrives in the country on Sunday.

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