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Mhlauri to be unveiled soon, may miss CHAN finals

[Posted 02 Feb 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Mhlauri to be unveiled soon, may not make it for the CHAN finals in Sudan


Newly appointed Zimbabwe senior national soccer team coach Charles Mhlauri, is highly unlikely to be part of Zimbabwe's technical team at the Champions of Nations finals in Sudan this month, for various unspecified reasons.

The former CAPS United coach recently agreed in principle to return as Warriors coach following a mission to search for the substantive coach by the Zimbabwe Football Association's presidium, composed of Cuthbert Dube and his two deputies, Ndumiso Gumede and Kenny Marange.

A ZIFA source revealed this to a local newspaper this week, and further revealed that the likelihood of the coach who took the Warriors to the 2006 AFCON finals, to attend the CHAN finals, now hangs in the balance.

"We now have him (Mhlauri) as the substantive coach of the Warriors.

"What is only left now are the housekeeping issues, then ratification before he is unveiled. We are following procedure because he had his job in the US where he was director of coaching. He had a very good job and was not desperate for a job," the source revealed to Newsday.

Mhlauri is now only expected in principle to be available for the Warriors' preparations for the crucial AFCON qualifier away in Bamako, Mali, next month.

A possibility still exists though for Mhlauri to link up with the CHAN squad in Sudan if the 2004 and 2005 championships winning coach manages to finalise his departure from the United States where he has been based with his family for the past few years.

"He will only assume duty when we prepare for the Mali game. Madinda Ndlovu will be in charge of the team in Sudan but depending on his schedule, he (Mhlauri) might linik up with the team in Sudan to assess some of the players...," the Newsday source explained.

Mhlauri is believed to have been offered an even better package than Tom Saintfeit who was due to earn around US$8000. Mhlauri is set to earn $2000 more than what the Belgian was set to earn.

That doesn't sound strange at all given Mhlauri's qualifications and his coaching profile.

Mhlauri is a holder of various international coaching qualifications which include the International coaching certificate, attained from the Faculty of Sports Sciences at Leipzig University, Germany, in 2003.

He also holds a German Football (DFB) Soccer coaching A licence, 2003 as well the International DFB Coaching Certificate, obtained in 2006.

Once all procedures have been completed by the ZIFA board, Mhlauri is set to be unveiled to the public at a media conference to be announced by ZIFA.

His appointment and unveiling will bring to an end the turmoil and confusion caused by ZIFA' botched attempt to appoint an underqualified and under experienced Tom Saintfeit, whose application for a work permit was unsuccessful.

Mhlauri will be expected to breathe better life into the Warriors stuttering campaign in the AFCON qualifiers. The Warriors have so far dropped four points at in their two games, drawing 1-1 away in Liberia, before being held to a painful 0-0 draw at home by pacesetters Cape Verde last October.


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