Mandigora warns Zifa on Warriors coach

Former Warriors and Dynamos coach David Mandigora has warned Zifa against hiring a foreign coach.

Mandigora says the association currently has no financial capacity to bring a foreigner on board.

The Warriors’ coaching job became vacant after the departure of Sunday Chidzambwa who resigned last week.

Reports have suggested Zifa is considering appointing Belgian Jean-Francois Losciuto.

But according to The Herald, Mandigora fears the country could be banned from participating at the World Cup again when the football body fails to pay the foreign coach.

“We all need to see a transformation in our national team. We have quality players around the world who only need good technical staff to achieve great things,” he said.

“But, in our quest to have a better coach to fill the vacant post, I do not think we are ready and capable of having the services of a foreign coach unless Zifa changes how it deals with its employees.

“Last time, we were banned from participating in the 2018 World Cup in Russia after we had failed to pay Brazilian coach, Valinhos.

“I know it’s a difficult pill to swallow for many people but if we do not have money, as we witnessed earlier at the Afcon finals in Egypt where there was a stand-off between the association and the players, then we are headed for another disaster.

“Let’s go for the local coaches who, l believe in most cases, understand our situation and sometimes we reach some compromises for the sake of our nation, but not with a foreign coach.

“As long we do not have a principal sponsor who will meet our financial demands, we just have to swallow our pride and go for what we can afford.

“We can’t risk the future of our sport only because we want to match our opponents but at the end we can’t meet our financial obligations.”

Meanwhile, other coaches that have been linked to job include Charles Mhlauri, Joey Antipasa, Norman Mapeza and an unnamed South African gaffer.

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