“#Zimbabwe” FORMER FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza has been linked with the senior national soccer team job barely a week after he quit the Zvishavane club in unclear circumstances.
Mapeza who has been at the helm of Zimbabwe champions FC Platinum for the past five years and has won several accolades including back to back league titles, parted ways with the club last week.
The former Warriors captain has been on ZIFA’s radar for quite some time. He was also approached a month ago to take over the team following the unexpected resignation of Sunday Chidzambga ahead of the team’s participation at the African Nations Championships (CHAN) tournament.
However, FC Platinum were not comfortable with their coach doubling up as the national team coach because of the work load he already had.
More importantly Mapeza wanted to be paid half of the amount he is owed by the football federation when they hired him a few years back.
His owed a total of US $90 000.
FC Platinum then argued Mapeza had a huge work load because of the Caf Champions League games. Now that he has left, Zifa is understood to be readying to engage him before the new- year.
Mapeza’s last stint with the Warriors was in 2017, when he guided the team to a 3-0 victory over Liberia in the opening match of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
qualifier at the National Sports Stadium, a foundation that they built on to qualify for the Afcon finals that were played in Egypt in June.
Mapeza’s manager Gibson Mahachi said they would consider Zifa’s offer if it comes through.
“As of now we haven’t been contacted. He is taking a break for the next three months,” Mahachi said.
“If anything comes, then it has to be in January because he needs to rest. He has been coaching for the past five years non-stop so he needs time for himself.”