Harare - Zimbabwe are expected to name their new national team coach this weekend ahead of the bumper World and Africa Cup qualifying fixtures.
Both the qualifiers are coming in a few months' time.
Zimbabwe have been without a substantive mentor for the senior team since the retirement of veteran gaffer, Sunday Chidzambwa, in September last year.
Joey Antipas has been in charge, albeit on an interim basis, up to December 31.
Six candidates who were part of the 12 who applied for the biggest coaching job in the country have been shortlisted and were interviewed during the course of the week.
However, Antipas is the only Zimbabwean who applied for the hot seat.
He cannot be employed though as he doesn't have the requisite CAF A coaching licence.
The African football mother body prohibits those without the CAF A badge from sitting on the bench.
Antipas, a holder of the CAF B licence, can, however, be allowed to be an assistant coach.
The scenario has left the Zimbabwe Football Association without any other option but to engage a foreign coach.
The association has been delaying to name their man but after CAF announced that the dates for biannual Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Cameroon next year have been moved forward, meaning qualifiers have also been shifted, ZIFA are now moving fast.
The association's spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela confirmed that the coach will be named this weekend.
"We have sifted through the applications and came up with the best possible candidates whom we have shortlisted," said Gwesela.
"We are serious about getting the right candidate who can take us forward. We have to qualify for both the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next year as well as the World Cup in Qatar the following year.
"We will most probably make the big announcement over the weekend or early next week. We are geared and we are sure that we have selected the best candidate for the job."
Zimbabwe are currently second in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group with four points, two behind leaders and defending champions, Algeria, after two rounds of fixtures.
Botswana, on a single point, are third while the 2012 champions, Zambia, anchor the pool after failing to garner any points in their opening two games.
Zimbabwe will have to be at their best if they are to navigate to the third and final round of qualifiers after they were placed in a tough group in the FIFA World Cup 2022 draw held in Egypt last Tuesday.
They tackle neighbours South Africa, powerhouses Ghana as well as Ethiopia.
Forty teams were drawn into 10 groups of four each. Winners of each group will progress to the final round of qualification with all 10 of them drawn into five pairs.
Five winners from those home and away ties will make it to Qatar in 2022.