By Tawanda Tafirenyika
ZIMBABWE senior soccer team interim coach Rahman Gumbo is facing the axe despite leading the Warriors to the final qualifying round of the 2020 African Nations Championships (CHAN) tournament with Chicken Inn gaffer Joey Antipas set to replace him.
Gumbo had been elevated to the post following the sudden resignation of head coach Sunday Chidzambga. He was tasked to lead the Warriors in the two legged CHAN qualifier against Mauritius and he had appeared to have won over the ZIFA executive following a comprehensive 7-1 victory over Mauritius.
However, the ZIFA hierachy believes Antipas is the right man to be in charge of the team while they look for a substantive foreign coach who will lead the team in the 2022 World Cup and 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The ZIFA technical development committee met in Harare at the weekend and recommended that Antipas be appointed coach of the national team on an interim basis with former Highlanders midfielder Methembe Ndlovu set to deputise him.
ZIFA president Felton Kamambo confirmed the development in an interview on Monday. “The technical team met and recommended Joey Antipas to take over the reins of the national team on an interim basis with the assistance of Methembe Ndlovu. The executive committee is going to meet and deliberate on the recommendations after which a decision will be reached. At the same same time we are still looking for a substantive coach and ideally we want to hire a foreign coach and we are going to advertise the post,” said Kamambo.
The Warriors are seeking to bounce back into the CHAN finals having missed the 2018 edition.
The Warriors, one of the regular faces at the finals of the CHAN, having qualified for every edition but 2018, reached their best finish in Cape Town, South Africa in 2014 when they ended fourth.
But the Warriors have to clear the hurdle posed by Lesotho first who knocked out South Africa’s Bafana Bafana- their first win against South Africa in a competitive match.