|Angola get new coach|
|Wednesday, 11 July 2012 15:15|
The Uruguayan’s first major assignment will be to ensure that the Palancas Negras overcome the Warriors challenge and secure their passage to the Nations Cup finals.
Ferrin replaces Lito Vidigal who parted ways with FAF following a dismal performance by the Palancas Negras at the 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
The new trainer will take over the team for the first time in an international friendly against Mozambique on August 15. Ferrin has previously worked in his native Uruguay and Peru, handling youth teams.
Zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze last night acknowledged as much and said the appointment of a substantive coach will be one of the major issues to be tabled at their next board meeting before the end of the month.
Former FC Platinum coach Rahman Gumbo continues to take charge of the Warriors on a caretaker basis and the Zifa leadership is expected to review his performance in the four Nations Cup and World Cup qualifiers he has presided over to date.
Platinum but the former Highlanders, Telkom Wanderers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs coach looks set to throw his name into the hat for that substantive Warriors post.
“The technical team are putting together their report which will be the basis of discussion on the Warriors and a review of their situation by the board. We want to avoid the issue of apportioning blame on the technical team or all the blame being heaped on the board and that is why we will comprehensively discuss the national team.
“We are also looking at the feeder national teams which is the Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 so that we take a holistic approach to the winning strategy for the
senior team,’’ Mashingaidze said.
“Without coming up with a specific calendar date I would say as soon as possible we would have resolved the issue of the national coach so that we do not have problems in terms of accountability for results.
also something that our corporate world can ride on and help that person who would have been appointed to carry out his football espionage missions within and outside the country.
“But that can only happen if the coach gets a chance to go to England for instance where there are many Zimbabweans and where we have some of the talented players playing college football.
“There is also need to have provincial coaches who would be key in identifying talent across the country because at times it’s hard to judge a player after just one match but these provincial coaches would have seen and worked with the youngsters over a period and can recommend who exactly is a genuine article’’.
Zifa Mashingaidze said were also working on an ambitious plan to make use of a number of Zimbabwean coaches such as Kennedy Chihuri, George Mbwando, Eddie Mukahanana,, Max Lunga and Sobantu Sibanda who in the Diaspora and could unearth talent for use by the Under-23, Under-20 and the Warriors teams.
“We also have a number of good coaches that are in the Diaspora who can help in identifying talented Zimbabweans willing to play for their country but that needs to be co-ordinated by a substantive coach.
“We believe that it is high time that we should create a congenial environment for our talent at home and abroad so that they gel into one huge mantra that will help the country scale the football heights we are aiming for,’’ Mashingaidze said.