ZImbabwe Football Association President, Dr Phillip Chiyangwa, toured Bulawayo’s football infrastructure ahead of the Confederation of Southern African Football Associations’ meeting to deliberate on Zimbabwe’s hosting of the COSAFA women’s chaponship.
While in Bulawayo, Dr Chiyangwa met football stakeholders from ZIFA’s Southern and Central regions on 1o February and several resolutions were passed, among them the decision to let go of Mighty Warriors head coach, Shadreck Mlauzi.
Dr Chiyangwa told the media that ZIFA will act swiftly in replacing national team coaches for both the men and women’s teams, guided by a new and stringent recruitment criteria.
“ZIFA has to employ very quickly, various coaches who have left office according to the report from the High-Performance Committee … that is the position left by Pasuwa [Kalisto] who is leaving at the end of February and Mlauzi [Shadreck] who has left.
“The conditionss of admission to the national teams will be much more stringent [compared to the past],” Dr Chiyangwa said.
Earlier in February, ZIFA notified Warriors head coach, Kalisto Pasuwa, that his conttract will not be renewed when its initial termination date, 28 February 2017, lapses; a recommendation from the High-Performance Technical Committee.
The Warriors participated in the Total Africa CUp of Nations in Gabon and they exited the tournament at the group stage, with only a point from from a group which comprised of three powerhouses.
In another development, ZIFA pardoned recently suspended officials, save for former Highlanders and Premier Soccer League Chairperson, Peter Dube, whose case was further referred to the review committee.
The following [Edzai Kasinauyo; Ian Gorowa; Nation Dube; Philani Ncube ;Jerry Sibanda; Ndumiso Gumede] were banned for offences ranging from partaking in match manipulation to bringing the game of football into disrepute but their bans have been lifted with immediate effect.