ZIFA Abandons Foreign Coach Policy

Zifa president Cuthbert Dube said time was ripe for Zimbabwe to rely on its own people instead of investing in foreign coaches.

He said foreign coaches were expensive and at the same time had failed to deliver the goods.

ZIFA had this year appointed a Belgian national, Tom Saintifiet, as coach of the Warriors but he was not granted a work permit by the Department of Immigration.

Prior to that Brazilian Valinhos was the coach of the Warriors but failed to take Zimbabwe to the 2010 African Cup of Nations and the World Cup.

Dube said a local coach would be appointed before February’s African Nations Champions (Chan) to be held in Sudan where Zimbabwe had been drawn in the same group with Ghana, South Africa, and Niger.

Zimbabwe’s biggest football success was achieved through the hands of local coaches Sunday Chidzambwa and Charles Mhlauri who took the team to the 2004 and 2006 African Cup of Nations finals respectively.

Coincidentally, Mhlauri is one of the coaches that Zifa has been talking to.

After the Chan championships, Zimbabwe’s next assignment is the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Mali in Bamako.