Zimbabwe military takes charge of Zimbabwean football

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    Senior army officer and former Black Rhinos treasurer Christopher Chitinde has been appointed the new Warriors team manager taking over from the Sharif Mussa who was forced out.

    Elesewhere we have reported of military officers being deployed into the State media.

    Mussa who has had a long term relationship with the Warriors cited pressing business commitments, but sources said he was forced to resign.

    Although he has no experience as a team manager, Chitinde’s appointment does not come as a surprise.

    He has worked together with Zifa board member for finance Elliot Kasu, a kingmaker at the football headquarters.

    Kasu and Chitinde served in the same executive at Black Rhinos when Kasu was chairman of the Zimbabwe National Army side while Chitinde handled the team’s finances.

    Mashingaidze confirmed the Zifa board had resolved to give Chitinde the job adding that they had also extended Madinda Ndlovu’s stay as acting national team coach until Belgian Tom Saintifiet’s second application for a work permit has been resolved.

    Mashingaidze said a series of international friendly matches had been lined up for the Warriors in preparations for their second appearance at the African Nations Championships (Chan) and Ndlovu would be in charge of those preparations.

    Zimbabwe has been drawn in the same group with South Africa, Ghana, and Niger in the Chan Championships to be held in Sudan in February. The Chan tournament is exclusively for players who play for clubs in their domestic leagues.

    After the Chan engagement, Zimbabwe’s next international assignment is an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Mali in Bamako on March 26 which the Warriors must win if they are to remain with a realistic chance of qualifying for the 2012 Nations Cup finals.

    After two matches, the Warriors are in third place with two points. The leaders Cape Verde have four points while Mali has three. Liberia is rock bottom with a single point. Only one team from the group qualifies for the continental rendezvous.