The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has appointed Sunday Chidzambwa as the caretaker senior national team coach, exclusively for the upcoming CECAFA tournament in a press statement released today.
By Carlo Chikomba
The veteran coach has had relative success in the national team setup, having led the Warriors to their first ever Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2004. This year he led Zimbabwe to silverware as he won the 2017 COSAFA Castle Cup which was being hosted by neighbouring South Africa.
It is against this background that ZIFA has opted to select Chidzambwa as the head coach for the upcoming Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations tournament to be played in Kenya.
“The Zimbabwe Football Association advises the football family and the nation at large that it has appointed Sunday Chidzambwa as the caretaker senior national team coach, exclusively for the upcoming CECAFA tournament,” read the press statement.
Zimbabwe accepted the invitation to play as a guest nation at the 2017 edition of the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations tournament to be played in Kenya.
The country is set to join the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) which includes countries Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia. The tournament will take place between 25 November and 9 December this year.
“Chidzambwa has vast experience as a national team coach, having earned Zimbabwe her first appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2004.The veteran coach has also enjoyed considerable success in the region, winning this year’s COSAFA Castle Cup hosted by South Africa in July.”
Currently, Chidzambwa is the head coach of the Kariba-based premier soccer league outfit ZPC Kariba FC.
Although ZIFA has made it clear that this appointment is strictly in regards to the CECAFA tournament, we can’t help but wonder what the chances are of the gaffer eventually taking over the national football team as a whole on a more permanent basis.
More so given the dismal performances that the Warriors have churned out in the first two friendly games with new coach Wilson Mutekede in charge losing to Lesotho and Namibia, 1-0 and 3-1 respectively, Mutekede may very well be on borrowed time.