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Norman Mapeza: Zimbabwe name local man as caretaker coach

Zimbabwe have re-appointed former international Norman Mapeza as new head coach on a caretaker basis.

The Warriors’ technical team was dissolved last Sunday following a disastrous return under Croat Zdravko Logarusix who managed just one win in 14 games.

Fast-forward Wednesday, the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) confirmed Mapeza – who coaches local giants and Caf Champions League campaigners FC Platinum – is taking charge of affairs on a three-month contract.

The 49-year-old’s caretaker role until the end of the year allows him to keep his current club job. It is his fifth spell, three (in 2007, 2010 and 2017) of which were on an interim basis.

Mapeza will lead a new-look Warriors technical team with Taurai Mangwiro and Mandla Mpofu as assistants as well as Energy Murambadoro being the goalkeepers’ coach.

During his playing days, Mapeza had 92 caps for Zimbabwe.

Starting the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers in September, Zimbabwe managed to secure a point from two games. The Warriors next play Ghana in back-to-back games in October followed by South Africa and Ethiopia later in November.

 

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