Brito divides Zifa – Bulawayo24 News

Members of the ZIFA Normalization Committee are currently divided over the selection of the Warriors coach, with reports indicating that a push to reinstate Baltermar Brito is gaining momentum within one faction of the committee.

ZIFA, under the leadership of Lincoln Mutasa, is yet to finalize the appointment of a top coach for the national team, despite Zimbabwe’s return to FIFA World Cup qualifying action being just 16 days away. The Warriors are scheduled to resume their Group C qualifying campaign against Lesotho and South Africa.

Mutasa, who recently returned from a FIFA meeting in Thailand, chaired another meeting yesterday to address the issue of coach selection. However, ZIFA has refrained from providing updates to the media on the matter.

Sources suggest Brito, who has re-applied for the coaching position, is emerging as one of the favourites, with more than 100 coaches applying for the position. However, there is discord within the committee regarding Brito’s candidacy, with concerns over the blunt evaluation reports of him following the Warriors’ games in Rwanda.

Additionally, there have been discussions about hiring Joey Antipas as an assistant coach if he opposes Brito’s appointment. Alternatively, a foreign coach is being considered, possibly with Antipas as assistant.

Former Warriors coach Sunday “Mhofu” Chidzambwa, along with former players Bruce Grobbelaar, Kaitano Tembo and George Mbwando, had also applied for the position, but none gained sufficient support from the Normalization Committee.

Since the departure of Croatian Zdravko Logarusic in 2021, the Warriors have been left without an important coach. Interim coaches, including Norman Mapeza, have been appointed for specific tournaments, highlighting the committee’s indecision in filling this crucial position.