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Zim coach interviews begin


The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) yesterday began interviewing prospective candidates for the vacant post of national team coach.
A total of 13 candidates are set to be vetted in interviews which will run until Tuesday next week.
“We are doing this in order to give everyone a chance to prove themselves. It is only after we have talked to all 13 applicants that we will be able to announce the successful candidate,” said Zifa board member in charge of competitions, Benedict Moyo.
He added that Nigerian great Steven Keshi would not be among the interviewees. “It is true that Keshi expressed an interest in the job. Unfortunately though, his name is not among the coaches whose applications we received.”
Only five local coaches have applied for the job, whose minimum requirements include five academic passes at Ordinary Level. The five include Warriors caretaker coach Norman Mapeza, who remains in charge for Zimbabwe’s 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia in Monrovia next Sunday.
The other local applicants are Cosmas Zulu, Joey Antipas, Godfrey Tamirepi and Swiss-born Aces Youth Soccer Academy director Marc Duvillard.
Among the European coaches who are expected to fly over for interviews are Zoran Bjordjevic of Serbia, the Croatian duo of Milos Hrstic and Tomilsan Obbradovic, as well as Briton Peter Bartler.
The most prominent name on the list, though, could be that of Otto Pfister of Germany, who boasts extensive experience in African football after coaching in Togo, Ghana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Egypt.
The successful candidate will most probably be announced after Zimbabwe’s clash with Liberia.

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