Zifa Board Member Quits Over New Coach

Mugavazi is one of the board members who were opposed to the appointment of
former Namibia coach Tom Seintief in favour of then caretaker coach Norman
Mapeza who helped Zimbabwe pick up a vital away point in the one-all draw
against Liberia on September 5.

Mugavazi feels they betrayed Mapeza after his long association with the team and
all the hard work he had put into the Warriors especially in the build up to
that particular Liberia match.

The issue of the appointment of Seintief at the expense of Mapeza has created
divisions within the Zifa board, and there has also been great concern from the
general public that the decision taken was not the right one.

Even the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association has also expressed its displeasure
with chairman Bekimpilo Nyoni saying at least the coaches body should have been
consulted for its input, something which was not done.

Mugavazi, though, says he will focus on his other role as chairman of the
northern region. He was in the Zifa board by virtue of being elected the
chairman of that grouping of first division teams.The Zifa constitution does not
say one relinguishes both positions if he resigns from the Zifa board but says
he cannot be in the board if he steps down from the northern region.

Mugavazi also has a huge stake in Premiership side Monomotapa and Mapeza was the
club’s coach when Monoz won the PSL   title in 2008.

Seintief’s first game in charge is on October 10 when Zimbabwe takes on Cape
Verde in a qualifier form the 2012 African Cup of Nations. He was at last
weekend’s PSL matches assessing the local players.