Zimbabwe FA To Name Substantive Warriors Coach For Nigeria, Others

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The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) is set to announce a substantive coach to guide the senior national team, Warriors in their 2026 FIFA World Cup and 2025 AFCON qualifiers.

Zimbabwe is in the same qualifying Group C with Nigeria, South Africa, Benin, Rwanda and Lesotho.

ZIFA announced the re-appointment of FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza but just for the duration of the four-team tournament in Malawi next week.

The tournament involves Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and hosts Malawi from March 18-26. The event, which utilises the Fifa calendar, will help participating countries prepare for the resumption of the 2026 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

In the absence of a substantive coach, the Zifa Normalisation Committee decided to give the assignment to Mapeza, who has been in the role before.

He will be assisted by reigning Castle Lager Coach of the Year and Ngezi Platinum coach, Takesure Chiragwi.

In response to an inquiry by Zimpapers Sports, Zifa said:

“The association will soon be announcing a substantive head coach and technical team to oversee the Warriors FIFA World Cup qualifiers and AFCON qualifying campaign.”