By Tawanda Tafirenyika
“#Zimbabwe” FORMER technical director of Njalla Quan Sports Academy in Cameroon Italian, Stephano Cusin joined the race for the Warriors job.
Zifa are on the prowl for a foreign coach following the resignation of Sunday Chidzambga last month.
The soccer controlling body has already started to receive applications for the biggest job in the country with two more coaches from Italy and Belgium the latest to show interest in the job after submitting their applications.
Besides presiding over the Cameroon Sports Academy between 2004 and 2006, Stephano has also coached Congo where he was technical director between 2006 and 2008. The Italian has also assisted Walter Zenga at Wolves in England in 2016 and is one of the candidates to have submitted his CV.
Also in the race for the job is experienced Belgian Luc Eymael who has coached in the Democratic Republic of Congo taking charge of AS Vita whom he led to the championship in 2010 beating giants TP Mazembe to the accolade.
He also won the 2011 Super Cup and reached the second round of the 2011 Caf Champions League. In 2011, he coached Gabon Premier League side National D 1 Club helping them to win the title and reach the second round of the 2011 Caf Confederation Cup.
Former Macedonia gaffer Janevski Cedomir, who has also coached top clubs in Europe, has registered his interest
Cedomir, has coached the national team in his home country between 2012 and 2013 – as well as several top-flight league teams in Europe.
It is however, understood ZIFA are determined to get the best coach for Zimbabwe and will need ample time to come up with the right man for the job. The coach is set to be appointed by January, next year.
ZIFA however are set to appoint an indigenous coach on an interim basis after which the substantive coach will take over.
Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas is one of the local coaches who has been recommended for the interim job with Methembe Ndlovu and Tonderai Ndiraya set to assist him. The appointment of these coaches has been set for tomorrow.
With the substantive coach set to be installed in the new year, it implies that the interim coach will preside over the team in their 2021 African Cup of Nations campaign where they face off Botswana on September 11 before clashing with Zambia two weeks later.
Reigning African champions Algeria are also in the same group with the Warriors but they will only meet each other next year.
The interim coaches will also be in charge of the preliminary 2022 World Cup qualifier against Somalia.