SOME Highlanders supporters are not happy with ZIFA’s decision to try and engage coach Baltemar Brito for the Warriors job.
They are concerned this will jeopardise the club’s championship hopes.
Through their chairman Lincoln Mutasa, ZIFA wrote to Bosso chairman, Johnfat Sibanda, expressing their wish to appoint the Portuguese coach as temporary Warriors boss.
Highlanders chief executive, Ronald Moyo, acknowledged the receipt of the letter and said they would respond accordingly.
“I can confirm that we received correspondence from ZIFA who are requesting for permission to engage our coach Brito as interim Warriors coach.”
Heart and Soul (Highlanders Chapter) secretary-general Kholiwe Moyo said:
“I wouldn’t advise that our coach take the Warriors job. We have taxing matches ahead and his attention will obviously get divided by starting to work for the national team.
“We don’t want him to get disturbed at a time he has been doing a great job for our club.”
However, Highlanders Harare Chapter chairman, Joel Ncube, said while it was good to note that Brito’s coaching potential has been recognised at national level, there are genuine fears over loyalty going forward.
“As a chapter, we think it’s a very good development. A good move that shows that our coach’s potential has been recognised at a bigger scale. “As long as he remains committed to the club, we have no problem with him joining the national team.
“We pray that he remains committed and does not forget we have the league championship and Chibuku Super Cup trophy to chase.
“Norman Mapeza and Joey Antipas once did it so it’s not something new. We are happy ZIFA have great belief in Brito,” said Ncube.