Mapeza, New Interim Warriors Coach

The Dynamos legend Chidzambwa quit to take up a coaching post at South Africa premiership side Free State Stars.

Ndumiso Gumede, the Zifa vice-president (administration) Ndumiso Gumede said that Mapeza will be in charge until the soccer motherbody meets at the end of the month.

“We knew that Chidzambwa was leaving but they were rumours so we did not discuss the issue at the annual general meeting. In the interim Mapeza will take charge.,” Gumede said.

The Warriors should be assembling now for the African Championships of Nations (CHAN) away tie against the Seychelles on 23 May.

Mapeza will be assisted by Joey Antipas and Brenna Msiska as goalkeepers’ coach.

Chidzambwa’s move to South Africa comes at a time when the Warriors were out to make their second appearance at the finals of the CHAN competition.

He reportedly left the country on Monday for Free State Stars where he has clinched a two-year deal.

The veteran coach has been at loggerheads with Zifa over the years regarding his remuneration and the soccer-mother body reportedly owes him US$60 000. Mapeza coached Monomotapa in the 2008 season before resigning under unclear circumstances.

Mapeza began his playing career with Darryn Textiles F.C. in Harare. He moved to Europe to play with Sokó Pniewy in the Polish Ekstraklasa for the 1993–94 season. Mapeza next played for several clubs in the Türkish Super Lig, including Galatasaray S.K., Ankaragücü, Altay S.K. and Malatyaspor. Mapeza is also the Zimbabwe Under 23 head coach.