German coach for Warriors?

ZIFA is understood to have engaged a German national to take over as coach of the Warriors following the resignation of Rahman Gumbo on Thursday.


Zifa, already have Klaus Dieter Pagels from Germany as technical adviser in charge of junior development.

Pagels is reported to have helped in identifying the coach, who is expected to be in the country by next Tuesday. Pagels, an experienced coach, has also previously been linked with the Warriors job.

However, no official position could be obtained from Zifa over the identity of the coach.

Sources though said: “Pagels will be instrumental in getting Zifa a coach and it’s likely to come from some of his connections in Germany. ”

If that succeeds, it will be second German coach for Zimbabwe after the late Reinhard Fabisch of the “Dream Team” fame.

But what is clear is that the soccer mother body wants the coach to be in the country as early as possible to rebuild a new-look Warriors following the disbandment of the national team over the failure to qualify for the 2013 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals to be staged in South Africa.

Gumbo resigned from his post on Thursday — just hours before a Zifa board meeting.

His resignation came after a Zifa high-performance technical committee had recommended the appointment of a foreign coach after it carried out an in-depth analysis of the report on the doomed 2013 (Afcon) campaign submitted to them by Gumbo at the request of Zifa.

A local mining company is understood to have been sounded on the idea of hiring a foreign coach and is said to be prepared to bankroll the coach’s salary once the recommendations of the technical committee are approved by Zifa.

Gumbo was installed Warriors coach in March this year for the remainder of the 2013 and 2014 qualifiers following the suspension of Norman Mapeza for his alleged involvement in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal.

The former FC Platinum coach had signed a two-year contract with his brief being to lead Zimbabwe to the 2013 Afcon and also to guide the team to the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Gumbo, who won league titles with Malawi’s Telecom Wanderers and Township Rollers of Botswana after having lifted the Premiership crown with Highlanders twice, however, failed to lead the Warriors to next year’s finals.

The Warriors crashed out of Afcon qualifiers following a 0-2 defeat to Angola having gone into the match carrying a healthy 3-1 lead from the first leg in Harare.


  1. that means we cant do anything without the west. At least i have bafana bafana to suport .

  2. great news for football lovers

  3. It’s unfortunate. These foreigners don’t come cheap. House in the low density areas. Posh car, private school for the kids and a hefty monthly wage snd bonasses. Would Zifa ever think of paying this kind of money to Gumbo or Sunday? No. They even owe Sunday dome money from years back. Zifa have no clue on how to run footbsll. I wish we still had people like the late Madzima to take us forward.

  4. Zifa is a bunch of misguided elements. They look educated but lack knowledge on football matters. These guys are in the office because they bought their way into these positions. Money, money, money, talks in Zim football. Shame on you guys. You are killing us, but God will punish you.

  5. Zifa guys never cease to amaze me. It shows they dont have any clue whatsoever to solve issue befalling our soccer. Football development to them is nothing, there are there to fatten their pockets. Money, money and more money at the expense of our beautiful game. Munotirwadzisa. Since coming into the office, can these guys tell us anything of note they have achieved since coming into the office? Obvious they will tell the nation – Asiagate. Nonsense. Do the country honour by resigning guys. Football is not where you should butter your bread, better try something else.

  6. do proper research before you write .Remember we once had an old German coach:Rudi Gutendorff?

  7. Maybe he should be built a house in the proposed new capital city in Mt Hampden too…..LMFAO


  9. Lets look East for a coach.kikikikiki

    1. taura hako kkkkkkkkk

  10. we want a coach from zim,nomara is good,or clive barker from down south

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