ZIFA appoints Manica Diamonds coach Jairos Tapera as Zimbabwe Warriors' interim coach


HARARE – The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) Normalisation Committee has announced the appointment of Manica Diamonds coach Jairos Tapera as the interim head coach for the Senior Men’s National Team, also known as the Warriors.

Manica Diamonds coach Jairos Tapera appointed Warriors interim coach
Jairos Tapera

The announcement was made on Friday by Lincoln Mutasa, Chairman of the Normalisation Committee. He also revealed the appointment of Takesure Chiragwi, the Ngezi Platinum Stars coach, and Saul Chaminuka, the Green Fuel coach, as the interim assistant coaches for the Warriors.

In addition, Sunday Chidzambwa, the former head coach of the Warriors, has been appointed as the team's technical director.

Mutasa stated, "Following the purposeful and expansive process conducted by the ZIFA Normalisation Committee to appoint a substantive head coach for our senior men’s national team, my committee and I are pleased to announce that the process has reached its finalisation."

He added that due to ongoing discussions with the selected candidate, they are unable to make the necessary announcement at this stage. 

However, the imminent World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and South Africa necessitated the appointment of an interim coaching team.

"This team will take charge of the senior men’s FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Lesotho and South Africa and will also lead the team into the COSAFA Men’s Tournament immediately after these assignments," Mutasa said. 

"We have full confidence they will ably lead the team. It is our hope that the nation will rally behind the team and unite to achieve the success we all so dearly desire."

The interim team will be in charge of the World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho on June 7 and South Africa on June 11, as well as the COSAFA Men’s Tournament thereafter.

Manica Diamonds are currently the log leaders of the Zimbabwe Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL), with 26 points; separated with second-placed FC Platinum by a point. 

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