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Mapeza Retains Assistant Coaches, Adds Benjani

Mapeza Retains Assistant Coaches, Adds Benjani

Warriors interim coach Norman Mapeza has retained the pair of Taurai Mangwiro and Mandla Mpofu as his assistants as well as goalkeepers’ coach Energy Murambadoro ahead of Zimbabwe’s Africa Cup of Nations finals campaign in Cameroon next month.

The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) secretariat, which is currently running affairs at ZIFA, has added former Warriors striker Benjani Mwaruwari to the technical bench.

This means that Mwaruwari will work alongside Mangwiro and Mpofu as Mapeza’s assistant coaches.

The ZIFA board was suspended by the Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC) on 16 November and since then, the ZIFA secretariat has been running the football association’s affairs.

On Saturday, the secretariat confirmed that Mapeza had retained his assistants for the Cameroon tour of duty. It said:

Norman Mapeza is coming back with the technical team he worked with during the World Cup qualifiers and Benjani Mwaruwari is coming in as the third assistant coach by virtue of him being the recommended Under-23 coach.

It is the norm that the Under-23 coach sits on the senior national team bench, the same way the Under-20 coach sits on the Under-23 bench.

Mwaruwari is already in the country and is expected to join his colleagues when the AFCON camp begins in Harare on 23 December.

Meanwhile, several players will not be considered for the AFCON finals, among them Tendayi Darikwa, as well as Marshall Munetsi and Brendan Galloway who are injured.

Leicester City’s youth player, Tendai Masvanhise is yet to get a Zimbabwean passport while Khama Billiat recently announced his retirement from international football.

More: The Sunday Mail


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10 Comments

Levaldho 5 months ago

Peter watiregerera


Memr 5 months ago

Who is benj,who is mapeza saka Peter hamuchamuona semunhu hanty moramba muchiita hutsinye kusport wy takazokumbira honourable ED kt vaise macoach motuka ft zifa yakaora


Dillah dissoh 5 months ago

Guys pane akakunda Peter muno here wy not kuti iye aiite coach muatammbise Mari yenyika look at sundowns ndokwaari fungai vana Felton taneta manje


Muongorori 5 months ago

Ngavawedzere Peter Ndlovu, Shingi Kawondera, Tinashe Nengomasha,Moses Chunga, Madinda Ndlovu, Charles Mabika, nevamwe vese vakambotamba mu team yenyika iyo kusvika number yema coach yaenzana ne number yema players zviye zvekuti player wega wega anenge ava na coach vake! Would that make any positive difference? I don't think so! Too much board room squabbling plus too little game time (preparation)for the squad plus lack of talent depth lead to poor performance! For once, bhora ngarimbove iro rinoitwa focused on kwete kuratidzana masimba timboona kuti tinodyiwa ma game ese here kana kuti tinoita draw nekuhwina mamwe!


Bright 5 months ago

Kkkkk inege yakanyanya iyoyo kk

Ras 5 months ago

Zim is not ready for international football. Ngatimbotambe bhora remujechatiri tega until tarongeka. Poor preparations only guarantee poor results.


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Talent 5 months ago

Mapeza anogona but inhau yekuti maplyrs amusi kuapa mari yavanoda


Tanaka21 5 months ago

Inini Mapeza ndakumuwenga, haana chanogona kana 1. Kuenda ko donator ma points uko


Bright 5 months ago

Ummm ichokwadi here ichocho


Trust Ngwenya 5 months ago

Ipai vakomana Mari vagotamba vakasimba


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