Zim hunts for new national team coach

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Tadious Manyepo
Harare - Interim Zimbabwe Warriors coach will have to re-apply for the job on a substantive basis as his contract runs out at the end of this month.
Joey Antipas was roped in on a short-term temporary basis mid this year after the resignation of legendary Sunday Chidzambwa.
And despite accomplishing his mandate perfectly well, Antipas has been asked to formally place his interest for the job on expiry of his term.
In fact, the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) have since flighted an advert for the biggest coaching job in the country.
The association's spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela told The Southern Times that Antipas, like any other coach, was free to apply for the post.
"We have advertised the post. As you might be aware, Joey (Antipas) was an interim coach for the Warriors who did very well after the resignation of Chidzambwa," said Gwesela.
"Antipas' term runs out this month end and we had to advertise the post. So far, the response has been overwhelming. We will sift through the papers and settle for the best possible candidate.
"We have several goals we need to attain as a country and that can be achieved if we have a competent coach at the helm of the national team.
"Hopefully, whoever will land the position will be equal to the task."
Though he presided over few fixtures, Antipas was handy as he made sure the country built a strong foundation for 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification.
Antipas led the national troops to victory over Somalia in the 2022 FIFA World Cup preliminary round qualifier to ensure the country booked a place in the group stages.
Besides, the gaffer also put the team in good stead for the 2021 AFCON qualification.
He masterminded a historic 2-1 victory over the mighty Chipolopolo of Zambia and shared points with plucky neighbours Botswana to take Zimbabwe's tally to four points and second place in their qualifying group led by current champions Algeria.
Gwesela didn't rule out Antipas' return to the helm of the Warriors coaching department.
ZIFA, however, are understood to be eying a foreign coach though former coaches Charles Mhlauri and Rahman Gumbo are also heavily tipped to take up the post.
Supersport United coach Kaitano Tembo has also been rumoured to be interested in the job but he is understood not have applied for it now as he feels this is not the ideal time.
For now, he is more concerned about a strong campaign in the South Africa Premiership. 

 

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