Zifa wants Gorowa

IAN GOROWA, the former Warriors star – has been linked with the position of national football team assistant coach following the confirmation of German Klaus Dieter Pagels as head coach yesterday.


Pagels, as revealed by NewsDay Sport yesterday, will be officially unveiled next month.

His new line-up will see the return of Sharif Mussa as team manager replacing Nyika Chifamba. Peter Ndlovu, by virtue of being the Under-23 coach, remains in the technical team while Nkululeko Dlamini is the new goalkeepers’ coach.

Gorowa, now a soccer expert on Supersport, has also been linked with the vacant post of AmaZulu coach in South Africa and should he take the job, he will remain at his base in the neighbouring country.

“That will be a first for Zimbabwe as we will now have a coach to monitor most of our players in South Africa and bring his recommendations to the team. We are working on that to see how we can work around his commitments in South Africa and get him to join our technical team,” a source close to the developments at Zifa said yesterday.

Gorowa played for the now defunct Cape Town Spurs where he made a name for himself as an attacking winger. His playing days came to an abrupt end at the age of 29 when he suffered a career-ending injury while playing for Spurs.

He has 26 caps for the senior national team and also played at the 1998 Cosafa Castle Cup.

After his retirement, he became Spurs’ assistant coach. When Spurs merged with Seven Stars to form Ajax Cape Town, Gorowa was roped in by Ajax chief executive officer John Comitis as one of the development coaches.

He then went on to become the team’s assistant coach. As assistant to Turk Muhsin Ertugral, the Urban Warriors managed to win the 2007 ABSA Cup — the club’s first major trophy since 2000.

He joined The Birds on a three-year contract in June 2007 to replace Gavin Hunt who moved to SuperSport United as replacement for Pitso Mosimane who chose to take up a full-time job as Carlos Alberto Parreira’s deputy in the Bafana Bafana dressing room.

He later parted ways with the club and worked as an assistant coach at Thanda Royal Zulu, and also took up a similar position at Mamelodi Sundowns before he was moved to caretaker coach last season.

He was not offered the full time coach’s position as the cash rich Brazilians brought in Johan Neeskens, who is now in his second season at Chloorkop. Gorowa was made chief scout but officially left the club on August 28 2012.

The ex-Zimbabwe international was one of the graduates of the South African Football Association (SAFA) Level 3 Pro Licence class of 2012.

In a statement yesterday confirming the appointment of Pagels, Zifa said:

“The interim technical structure will be headed by the current Technical Advisor of the Association, (Mr) Klaus Pagels who was seconded to the Zimbabwe Football Association in 2011 by the Germany Olympic Committee. Mr Pagels will be tasked with recommending to the Zifa Board the following (among other issues): the appointment of his assistant coaches, goalkeepers trainer, team manager, fitness trainer and kit man, drawing up a training programme for the new look senior national men’s team, carrying out surveillance missions on players plying their trade in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Europe and Asia, drawing up a programme for friendly matches and preparations for the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers.”

The statement added: “The Zimbabwe Football Association settled for the German coach, given the existing government-to-government cooperation which would see the Association engaging a highly qualified coach in the shortest possible time frame. The association will however continue on a hunt for a highly qualified coach who should take charge of the senior national men’s future campaigns in the long term. A local coach with unquestionable potential and enthusiasm shall be recommended to work with Mr Klaus Pagels as part of the Associations capacity building and succession plan.”


  1. roping up Pagels was a good move. hope Zifa does not impose the clueless Peter Ndhlovu as his assistant

    1. I am baffled that there is talk of keeping Peter Ndhlovu. Yes he was a good player, but coaching is not his cup of tea. I bet they want him on tribal lines. it is destroying our football

      1. why is that any personality from a certain region is deemed appointed on tribal lines. poor paranoid george

        1. When there is no sense in the appointent of Peter who has no coaching experience at any PLS team we are bound to conclude that the appointment is on tribal lines since he is from the same region as those appointing him.His greatness as a player is unquestionable, but what has he ever achieved as a coach-not even Division 20, not even high school coaching.

          1. So Zifa chief Dube and CEO Mashingaidze come from “that region”. HOw about other board members besides e.g. Gumede and Grinder. Disabuse yourselves (that includes you George) of seeing tribalism wherever you look!

  2. i dont know ZIFA’s criteria for choosing assistants but Peter is stl learning the ropes, i doubt if he holds any coaching qualification but interms of coaching he has no experience @ all…i think the assistants must’ve coaching experience of sme sort *my opinion*

  3. I thought Pagels was the technical adviser when Raman was the National coach.He should imparted his knowledge to Raman so that our team could suceed.What was he doing when our team fell in Angola? As for Peter ,I remember the last time when he atteded a coaching course that he failed it.To that end his coaching credentials are questionable.

  4. Peter is not the correct person to this German coach.Charles Mhlauri is the best to assist Pagel.if we are to take our team further lets stop experiments.National duty is too big for Peter,he can only ,if possible to be an assistant coach for the under 17.how can you give Peter suchn a big job while he had never coach any team in the PSL.

    1. Why bring Gorowa, only to dump him a few months down the line. We have no confidence in local coaches….so please leave Gorowa alone with those who have confidence in him.

  5. reading through the lines, this Pagels deal is not permanent at all. What really does he know, what are his past achievements. Can the writer research further on this man. We dont want coaches who are posted because they come from certain countries, like was the case with Valinhos. As for Peter, I think its a good move that he remains in the team, for as long as he is a junior (under 23) team coach. Peter has no history of failure. Lets see how he does it as a head coach of the junior teams, then we will comment. Why not take off tribal differences and work together. I think for the national team, Zifa should avoid engaging those who failed in the past and went on to be fired like was the case with Rahman. I think ZIFA is the only employer who recycles the same employees.



  6. I myslf thnks calisto pasuwa and ths Germany coach can work something out for our country

  7. peter should be zifa president for life. i personally think peter should remain in the picture. lets groom him please king peter

  8. Ian Gorowa’s a good choice tho I would advise him to stay in SA coz this ZIFA circus is far from over. Chimbosiyai Pasuwa akure. He’s still far from being the finished product.

  9. Peter is a Tonga guy so what tribalism are you talking about? Who is Tonga speaking at ZIFA?

  10. Lets have Gorowa,Peter,Benji, as Football administrators,rather being coaches.If King Kalusha did it for Zambia and it had worked wonders,why not also copy what is good.Kugara nhaka kuona dzevamwe.These whole old trashes,that has been recycled again and again as Zifa admin and technical staff should be swept out of these offices.Finding a coach will never be a problem but the characters running our football definately are a pool of confused old people with outdated ideas.Zifa admin is the problem not Coaches and players.

  11. Peter is in the set up by virtue of his post at under 23 so those complaining are they saying he is not good enough for under 23 level? lets give him a chance .

  12. Lets have Peter as an assistant to PAGELS.

  13. i think Dibango Gorowa is a gud choice. Mhlauri may also fill in the post.
    What we need now are experienced coaches not tryists. Look at what Egypt are doing with Bob Bradley or what Zambia are doing.
    Zifa should stop ruining our footballers by their haphazard style of management. Now that we have a corporate partner willing to maintain the coach ZIFA MUST PUT THEIR HOUSE IN ORDER OR WE WILL PUT THEM OUT OF ORDER!

  14. I still think the problem is and will always remain ZIFA. Leo’s admin though not perfect was okay and not this ZIFA. I dont see any progress until the whole ZIFA board steps down. Starting with C Dube!!!

  15. I wish Peter would find sense and stay away from this, for now!

  16. good luck Bango if you get paid

  17. just ask mapeza what happened to him

  18. We welcome mkoma Gorowa and Mr Pajero asi,,, mula mula iripo here?.

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