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Mhlauri demands own assistants


Former Caps United coach Charles Mhlauri will certainly have another dance with the Warriors but has demanded that he appoints his own backroom staff to the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa).

The incumbent Zifa board has developed the habit of appointing assistants for national team coach, a development that has created discord in the technical set-up. The backroom staff is normally appointed by the Zifa technical committee, an organ responsible for scouting national teams’ personnel.

Members of the technical committee have, as a result appointed their henchmen in a free-for-all situation which has seen some obscure names assuming critical positions.

A source said: “Mhlauri is definitely coming but he has indicated that he wants to appoint his own assistants contrary to the current system where some members of the board appoint Warriors personnel.

“There have been complaints in the Zifa corridors that board member for competitions (Benedict Moyo) was interfering in the Warriors technical issues and Mhlauri doesn’t want that scenario when he is in charge.”

Some dubious selections of the Warriors set-up have taken place since the botched-up hiring of Belgian Tom Saintfiet last year. Saintfiet was subsequently deported after he assumed his duties without a work permit.

While the Belgian was at ease working with current caretaker coach Madinda Ndlovu, Saintfiet was averse to the idea of working alongside former caretaker coach Norman Mapeza who had guided Zimbabwe to a 1-1 draw against Liberia in the first round of the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifiers in Monrovia.

Former Black Rhinos executive member Christopher Chitindi, who is linked to Zifa board member for finance Elliot Kasu — himself a former Black Rhinos chairman — landed the post of Warriors manager.

Caps United goalkeepers’ coach Richard Tswatswa was appointed in the same capacity with the Warriors. Caps are owned by Twine Phiri, the Premier Soccer League chairman, who is a Zifa board member.

Friday Phiri who was rewarded with the Under-23 team coaching post has been linked to Northern Region Division One chairman Solomon Mugavazi as well as Under-20 team coach Taurai Mangwiro who works for Mugavazi at Monomotapa as head coach.

Questions have also been raised over Young Warriors manager Wellington Mupandare who is a team manager at Gunners, a team owned by PSL board of governors member Cuthbert Chitima, while Under-20 team manager Eddie Chivero worked under Zifa Southern Region chairman Gift Banda at the now defunct Njube Sundowns. Banda is a Zifa board member.

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