Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) president Cuthbert Dube on Monday night reiterated that his organisation would appoint a local coach for the Warriors post this time around, but once again kept the nation on the edge after stating that they would appoint the new coach “before” the African Nations Championships (CHAN) set for February.
Speaking at a function to relaunch Zimbabwe Women Football at a local hotel, Dube categorically stated Zifa would not hire a foreign coach after the Tom Saintfiet debacle.
Belgian Saintfiet was denied the chance to take over the hot seat after the Department of Immigration twice turned down his application to obtain a work permit.
The former Namibian coach was caught offside by the department after he assumed his duties without the proper documents.
Zifa also submitted an incomplete application for the Belgian which resulted in the authorities turning Saintfiet down.
Dube, who told this newspaper that Zifa would appoint the new Warriors coach before Christmas was singing a different tune on Monday night amid reports that the football governing body was targeting former Caps United and Warriors coach Charles Mhlauri and Botswana based trailblazing gaffer Rahman Gumbo.
But Dube to his credit stuck to his guns that he would not appoint a foreign coach although his vice president Ndumiso Gumede sent a different signal at the burial of football guru Morrison Sifelani in Ntabazinduna.
Gumede did not rule out bringing in a foreign coach but Dube quashed that.
“This nonsense about a foreign must come to an end. We have 16 clubs in the Premier Soccer League and are we saying they are not good enough? We would rather give the job to a local coach and send them to countries like England, Germany and Brazil to enhance their skills.
Black Mambas technical director Madinda Ndlovu is the caretaker coach for the side.
Zifa have now resorted to head hunting for the Warriors coach after the initial technical committee failed to hire Saintfiet. Dube, together with his vice presidents Gumede and Kenny Marange are now handling the issue as the top brass in a bid to avoid confusion.
The top Zifa target Mhlauri is based in the United States and has indicated his willingness to serve his country on condition that he is given a $10 000-salary and that Zifa advance his package.
The dreadlocked coached is owed money by the association after he served in the same capacity three years ago.
Gumbo was in the country for two weeks where he attended a Level Four Caf licence course at Prince Edward School.
The former Dream Team midfielder is also a hot favourite to land the top job after an impressive record in which he won three championships in three different countries.
The feat makes Gumbo one of the most decorated coaches after Sunday Chidzambwa and Mhlauri.