Zim to get Brazilian coach


Zimbabwe Football Association chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya says the coach will be unveiled on Tuesday.

This comes hardly over a year since Safa appointed Carlos Alberto Parreira to the helm of Bafana Bafana.

_quoteParreira’s countrymen, Rene Weber and Nelson Rodriguez have emerged as the frontrunners to take over the Warriors coaching job.

Rushwaya, however, would not be drawn into revealing who among the two has been offered the vacancy.

“We cannot release his name now. This will be done on Tuesday,” she says.

The deal is a government-to-government arrangement between Brazil and Zimbabwe, the latter who cannot afford to hire foreign coaches as a result of the ongoing economic crunch that is highlighted by a dire shortage of foreign currency.

Weber and Rodriguez are both former junior coaches who have worked with Brazil’s Under-20 team and have been pivotal in the graduation of the juniors to Olympics and senior national squads.

Weber coached the Under-20 in the 2005 World Youth Championships in the Netherlands while his compatriot was in charge of the same team during last year’s edition of the tournament in Canada.

Perennial underachievers Zimbabwe are chasing qualification for their maiden appearance at the Fifa World Cup finals and a third appearance at the African Nations Cup.

The Warriors, who offer a significant number of players to the ABSA Premiership and the South African First Division, have not had a substantive coach following the dismissal of Charles Mhlauri after the team bombed out of the forthcoming continental showpiece in Ghana.

They are pooled in Group 2 of the 2010 qualifiers together with Guinea, Namibia and Kenya.

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