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Muhlauri to coach Warriors again, to choose own assistants

[Posted 28 Jan 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Muhlauri set to return as Zimbabwe Warriors" coach

It has emerged that the Zimbabwe Football Association has settled on the next substantive Warriors' coach after the Tom Saintffeit saga. He is not a stranger to the Warriors' set-up, and ranks among the two most successful coaches on the land; Charles Muhlauri.

ZIFA has confirmed that Muhlauri will be unveiled soon, and is expected to join the squad at the CHAN finals in Sudan.

What is left, according to ZIFA Vice-President Kenny Marange, is for ZIFA and the former CAPS United coach to tie-up some lose ends of the deal which will see Muhlauri back home and back with the Warriors.

"At the moment we are still talking to his lawyers and the process has been delayed a bit because the President (Cthbert Dube) and Gumede (Ndumiso) were not around. 

"We are hoping, however that he (Muhlauri) will be able to join up with the CHAN squad at some point," Marange revealed to the media recently. 

Marange has also confirmed that Muhlauri has a right to choose his own assistants.

"We do not know yet who he will pick as his assistants, but I can confirm that he has the right to appoint his own assistants," revealed Marange.

However, it is dumb-founding to discover that while ZIFA is giving Muhlauri the freedom to exercise the rights to appoint his own assistants with one hand, it is taking away part of those rights with the other hand.

It has since emerged that during the negotiations, Muhlauri was forced to acceed to the request from ZIFA that he should retain Madinda Ndlovu in his technical set-up.

The former Caps gaffer has nonetheless insisted that he wants to pick his first assistant, and he has settled for Norman Mapeza, with whom he led Caps to the 2004 championship triumph.

Despite having been advised that Mapeza might not be willing to return to the Warriors set-up after the disillusionment he has already suffered at the hands of the ZIFA board, Muhaluri is convinced that he will succeed in persuading the former Warriors captain to change his mind.

Muhlauri remains one of the most successful coaches in Zimbabwe. Apart from his league successes, the  USA-based coach won the COSAFA cup with home-based players only. He also led Zimbabwe to their second AFCON qualifiers in Egypt in 2006.

While in Egypt, Muhlauri plotted a victory over Ghana, which saw his Warriors just minutes away from qualifying for the quarterfinals of the AFCON, only to concede a last minute goal, after leading 2-0 for much of the match. 

The match ended 2-1 in favour of the Warriors. Though Zimbabwe failed to progress to the quarter-finals,that victory has become a famous win in Zimbabwe's soccer history, and Muhlauri plotted it.


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