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Mapeza D-day


Warriors coach Norman Mapeza and his assistant Joey Antipas future with the national football team could be decided this afternoon when Zifa hold an emergency board meeting.

The meeting will be chaired by acting president Ndumiso Gumede as Cuthbert Dube travelled to Gabon yesterday for the 34th Confederation of African Football General Assembly that will be held on Friday.

According to a notice from Zifa yesterday, there are only two items on the agenda: announcements and the preparations for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Burundi set for the end of the month.

This is the point where Mapeza and Antipas will come in as Zifa decides whether to suspend them for their alleged participation in the Asiagate match-fixing scam and appoint Klaus Dieter Pagels as interim coach while the pair awaits clearance from the Zifa Independent Ad hoc Disciplinary Committee chaired by Justice Ahmed Ebrahim.

A total of 82 players have been suspended from national team duty until they are cleared by Ebrahim and his committee and questions have been asked as to why Mapeza and Antipas are still in the technical set-up as they have been fingered as well.

Zifa did a series of flip-flops last week, first proclaiming that all fingered players had been banned before Dube said only Thomas Sweswe, Method Mwanjali and Nyasha Mushekwi faced the axe, before again going back to their initial decision suspending all players.

A decision, if any is made today, means a new Warriors set-up will likely include veterans Tinashe Nengomasha, Tapuwa Kapini, Vusa Nyoni, Lincoln Zvasiya and Knowledge Musona while a host of local players could also be included.

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