The 37-year-old Belgian has been Harare since Monday waiting for the Zifa technical committee to finalise on his appointment.
He was coaching the Namibian national team before coming to Zimbabwe.
Officials from Zifa confirmed the Belgian will take charge of the Warriors in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations campaign which kicked off with a hard fought draw in Monrovia, Liberia.
“Yes Sainfiet has been officially appointed,” said a senior Zifa official. It was not clear how they will pacify Mapeza and the thousands of soccer fans who have rallied behind him.
Most fans were convinced the Zifa board would appoint Mapeza, a former Warriors’ captain who was in charge of the national team on a care taker basis.
The Zifa board met in Harare today to discuss the composition of the Warriors’ technical team and decided to appoint the Belgian.
Last week the Zifa technical sub-committee recommended the appointment of Saintfiet as the coach of the senior national team.
The Belgian ‘s first assignment will be the Warriors’ next game against Cape Verde at home on October 10.
Saintfiet’s list of honours, according to his CV, include winning the 2007 Dragon Cup in Germany — a tournament that is for women’s football teams and which was won that year by FFC Turbine Postdam under the guidance of coach Bernd Schroder.
Earlier Mapeza told Radio VOP that he was interested in the job. “I have other plans,” he said. “I am not interested in the Warriors job right now.”
Dumiso Gumede, Zifa adminstrator had already indicated a foreigner could get the job. Mapeza played for the Warriors and in Turkey during his hey days.
He said he will tell the nation theplans he has when things “work out soon”.