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{Zimbabwe} High profile coaches apply for Warriors job

BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
ZIFA is likely to secure a high profile coach after Macedonia gaffer Janevski Cedomir submitted his credentials for the Warriors job.

The Mecidonian is the most successful among the three foreign coaches who have shown interest in the Warriors job which became vacant following the sudden resignation of Sunday Chidzambga ahead of the away trip to Mauritius for the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier.

ZIFA insist they want to hire a foreign coach to lead the Warriors in the 2020 World Cup and 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers and is set to advertise the post in a few days.

And the Macedonian who has coached the national team in his home country between 2012 and 2013 as well as several topflight league teams in Europe headlines those that have applied for the job for now.

Cedomir coached Belgian champions Club Brugge in 2007 and won the Belgium Cup during his short stint with the club. He also took charge of FC Vardar Skopje one of the biggest clubs in Macedonia between 2017 and 2018 qualifying them to Europa League for the first time in their history and went on to eliminate Turkish giants Fenerbarche. They were pooled in the same group with Russian giants Zenit St Petersburg, Spanish side Real Sociedad and Rosenbor Trondheim of Norway.

He also took charge of Serbian giants Crvena Zvezd from 2008 to 2009. The Serbians shocked English giants Liverpool 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League last year although they bowed out 4-2 on aggregate. He was also in charge of Belgium side Waasland Beveren from 2016 to 2017.

Apart from the Macedonia national, Portuguese coach Vaz Pinto also forwarded his CV in the hope of landing the top post. The Portugues coached in Angola and Ethiopia taking charge of Recreativo Libobo of Angola who booted out Zimbabwean Caf Confederation Cup representative Ngezi Platinum.

Also in the race is Belgian Jean Francois Losciuto who is the least experienced of the three having coached lowly Black Leopards of South Africa. He was also one of the backroom staff of the Super Eagles of Nigeria who were under the guidance of the legendary Stephen Keshi.

It is also understood, the ZIFA hierarchy are in favour of a foreign coach, they will not close their door in their selection with indigenous coaches such as FC Platinum gaffer Norman Mapeza among several others to be considered.

The Warriors who failed to make a mark again in Egypt when they bowed out in the first round of the biennial soccer showcase were drawn in the same group with reigning champions Algeria neighbours Zambia and Botswana for the 2021 African Cup of Nations.

For the 2022 World Cup campaign, the Warriors were paired against minnows Somalia in the preliminary round whose games will be played between 2 to 10 September.

ZIFA are determined to ensure the Warriors qualify for the World Cup for the first time in their history.

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