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Zifa rescues Mapeza


Zifa has revealed a plan to send Norman Mapeza for international coaching courses as they prepare him for the highest coaching job in the country.

This was revealed by the association’s board member competitions Benedict Moyo while addressing the Central Region Sports Writers Association at a football Indaba in Gweru on Tuesday.

Mapeza was appointed as an understudy to Belgian Tom Saintfiet in the Warriors technical set-up along with Madinda Ndlovu, but has since thrown in the towel after being frustrated by Zifa’s reluctance to offer him a substantive contract.

Moyo, who was in the company of Zifa vice president Ndumiso Gumede told sports journalists that the association sees a lot of potential in the former Galatasaray midfielder.

He said the board will stick to its guns and will not succumb to any form of pressure agitating for the appointment of someone without the requisite coaching qualifications.

This is despite Mapeza being the obvious favourite to steer the Warriors ship among football fans.

“We have a plan for Norman. He has got a lot of potential and the evidence is there for everybody to see.

The guy is also very intelligent. I personally spoke to him when all these (interviews) started and explained to him that a plan had already been drawn for him to be assisted in attaining coaching qualifications.

The idea is to first have him attend our local courses so that he is well–prepared when we send him for an international badge.

“But you need to understand that this is adult education and we cannot be seen to be forcing him to take our plan. The ball is actually in his court and he should take the initiative,” said Moyo.

Moyo said Mapeza has not yet officially communicated with Zifa pertaining his decision to quit the Warriors set-up.

He said the past days have seen him frantically trying to get hold of the league championship winning gaffer but his phone goes unanswered.

“I only saw it here (resignation)in the media, he is yet to communicate that to Zifa formally because the correct procedure is that he submits his resignation letter to me and then I hand it over to the board and the president.

When I saw the reports in the press I tried to call him but he has not been picking my calls and I don’t know what the problem really is,” said Moyo.

Efforts to get hold of Mapeza to get his side of the story were futile on Tuesday evening.

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