CHAIRPERSON of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Education, Sport, Arts and Culture and Hurungwe MP Temba Mliswa has described former Warriors and Monomotapa coach Norman Mapeza as a high-profile and disciplined player who can be entrusted to lead the Warriors.
Speaking to the Zifa board on the appointment of coaches after it appeared before the committee yesterday, Mliswa, a former Warriors fitness trainer, said: “Norman Mapeza is one of the most disciplined coaches I have ever seen. He is a former Warriors captain and went to Europe and played and came back, why not taking him on board?” he suggested.
The Warriors are without a coach after Ian Gorowa resigned on Monday citing personal reasons just three days before he was scheduled to appear before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Education, Sport, Arts and Culture.
However, Mapeza — a winner of the championship with Monomotapa in 2008 — was in 2012 suspended after he was fingered in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal.
Mapeza then took legal action against Zifa demanding a whopping
$400 000 from the association allegedly emanating from unpaid salaries, allowances and damages.
He had been serving a six-month suspension from the Warriors team following a Zifa decision to bar all individuals who had been fingered in the Asiagate report until they had been cleared.
Mapeza was eventually cleared by the Justice Ebrahim committee after it found nothing wrong with the way he conducted his duties as a player and coach.
The former Monomotapa coach had signed a three-year contract with Zifa in 2011.
Mapeza began his playing career with Darryn T before moving to Europe where he played for Sokół Pniewy in the Polish Ekstraklasa for the 1993–94 season.
He then played for several clubs in the Türkish Super League, including Galatasaray SK, Ankaragücü, Altay SK and Malatyaspor.
He is one of the Zimbabweans to have played in the Uefa Champions League, appearing in the competition with Galatasaray in the 1990s.