By Boris Esono Nwenfor
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Former captain of the Zimbabwe national team Norman Mapeza has been given the blessings to take the Warriors to the upcoming 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Cameroon from January 9.
Norman Mapeza took over on an interim basis after coach Zdravko Logarusic was fired back in September. Mapeza went on to lead Zimbabwe in their remaining games of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, which the teams failed to reach the knockout phase.
Norman Mapeza did sign a three months contract with the side which has since expired and an official from ZIFA revealed to Soccer24 that it will be indeed Mapeza to take charge of the Warriors at the AFCON.
The Zimbabwean Football Association has been battling with the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) and there have been fears that Zimbabwe may be banned from football activities, a decision which will mean that Zimbabwe will not participate at the AFCON. But things seem to have settled down as the Kamambo-led ZIFA board is reported to have resumed duties.
“Bringing back AFCON preparations back on track taking cognisance of limited time before January 2022. As such the board resolved to immediately engage the targeted coaches and conclude such engagement within two days… Immediately after the coach is appointed, the coach and members of the technical team together with the ZIFA secretariat are tasked with sending player invites, arranging for training camp and organizing friendlies,” ZIFA said in a statement.
Ahead of the tournament, Mapeza has named an initial 40-man squad and the final list is expected to be submitted to CAF on December 15.
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