Warriors coaching job hottest ticket in town

Grace Chingoma

OVER 200 coaches have applied for jobs to coach the Warriors, Mighty Warriors, Young Warriors and the Young Mighty Warriors.

This has been revealed by the ZIFA Normalisation Committee boss Lincoln Mutasa.

He said they were targeting Zambia and Mozambique to mark the Warriors return to international football next month.

Both neighbours have AFCON qualifiers on September 4 but they could be free for international friendlies after that.

The FIFA international date runs from September 4 to 12. 

“What is occupying our minds is to look for the coaches,” said Mutasa.

“We haven’t put in a technical committee as yet…these people will assist with the process and we will give them timelines but we are sorting out the data for now. 

“We are assembling a team of people who will select the coaches since we are working with over 200 applicants. The process has not started. We are basically printing the CVs.”

He added: 

“We have over 200 applicants for the posts. 

“The figure can even go higher because some have applied for both the Warriors and Mighty Warriors posts while some have applied for other junior teams’ posts as well.

“So, it is a lot of data, we are going through.

 “We have a mixture of local coaches and former international players who have applied. 

“Some of them have played here and some of them outside the country. Not all of them are going for the Warriors post, some are going for the Under-17, Under-20 and women’s teams.  

“Quite a number of former players have expressed interest in different posts. We also have quite a number of those who applied after the cut-off date had ended.

 “It will not be fair for me to pre-empt any names. We are trying to be objective and all the people who have applied have confidence in us.”

He said they were targeting Mozambique and Zambia.

“We have agreed with Mozambique and Zambia to have a match with them. So we are looking at playing two matches during that time,” said Mutasa.

The ZIFA boss says they are looking at using the two friendlies to prepare for the African Nations Championships, scheduled to start from September 22 to 24, for the first leg, while the second leg is set for between October 6 to 8. 

The draw for the CHAN qualifiers is yet to be conducted.

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