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IAN “DIBANGO” GOROWA will continue to take charge of the Warriors until the end of the 2015 African Cup of Nations campaign after zifa yesterday finally thrashed a deal with the coach to extend his tenure with the country’s flagship soccer team.A cloud of uncertainty had been hovering over Gorowa’s future with the Warriors despite the coach having presided over a largely successful African Nations Championships campaign in his first assignment with the national team.

But after a late afternoon meeting held at the business premises of zifa board member Bernard Gwarada, attended by three other board members — John Phiri, Miriam Sibanda and Fungai Chihuri — as well as Warriors team manager Shariff Mussa, Gorowa came to some understanding with the association.

The former Ajax Cape Town, Moroka Swallows and Mamelodi Sundowns coach is now expected to focus on the Warriors opening Nations Cup qualifying assignment against Tanzania by naming the squad that will do duty in that game.

Zimbabwe will begin their road to Morocco 2015 with a first round, first leg away clash with Tanzania in Dar es Salaam.

Gorowa’s men would then host the Taifa Stars in the return leg in Harare two weeks later.

It was, however, yesterday’s indaba between zifa and the coach which was central to kick-starting the Warriors preparations and the task force of Gwarada, Phiri, Sibanda and Chihuri emerged from their indaba with Gorowa yesterday to announce that there would be continuity in the national side.

Women’s Soccer League boss Sibanda said last night they had been happy to have successfully carried out the mandate they had been given by the board which was to resolve the Warriors coaching issue. Sibanda said Gorowa’s tenure would only be reviewed at the end of the Warriors Nations Cup run.

The Harare businesswoman also said zifa were now eager to help the Warriors get their preparations for the Nations Cup qualifiers on track through forging a closer working relationship between the board, the secretariat and the senior team.

“We met with the coach and we have agreed that he would carry on as coach until the end of the AFCON 2015 campaign. He (Gorowa) will decide on his technical staff as before, our brief was to get him to continue with the job he has been doing with the team,” Sibanda said.

Sibanda also revealed that the zifa board members had discussed Gorowa’s outstanding salary as well as the dispute between the Warriors and the association over the disbursement of the CHAN prize money.

Cash-strapped zifa still owe Gorowa five months’ salary.

“We did talk about the CHAN money and the coach’s outstanding salary and we understood each other on all those issues and that’s why at the end of the day there was an agreement that he would continue as national coach.

“As zifa we are keen to see Zimbabwe participate and participate successfully in these Nations Cup qualifiers and other international assignments and we are also now keen to see the coach and his team start preparations for the campaign.

“We also discussed the issue of the coach and the chief executive and resolved it hence we came to an understanding,” Sibanda said.

There were indications last night that Gorowa and Mashingaidze are likely to meet today as the zifa chief executive was conducting a staff induction seminar at the zifa Village yesterday.

Gorowa last night said he was not in a position to discuss much about the marathon meeting except to confirm that “it went well”.

“It was a positive meeting, something that should have been initiated right at the start but I am happy we met and agreed and I will leave everything to the board to finalise because we do not have a lot of time before our first match,” Gorowa said.

An elated Mussa also hailed the outcome of the indaba and noted that it would augur well for the Warriors to have continuity on their technical bench.

“I am happy that zifa have come to an agreement with the coach. There is no doubting that this is what we needed. After doing well at the CHAN we needed continuity and I believe Gorowa is a coach who has the pedigree to make Zimbabwe a force again and God willing we will go all the way to the AFCON finals with him.

“We have a long road to travel in these qualifiers and we will start sending out player release letters to their respective clubs once we have finalised on the squad in a few days,” Mussa said.

Zifa are also understood to have resolved to come up with player contracts for the upcoming Nations Cup campaign in order to avoid some of the disputes related to remuneration and conduct that characterised previous assignments.

With the issue of the coach’s future now certain to be behind their back, the Warriors will also be praying that they do not lose a lot of their experienced players through injuries in their professional leagues.

The Warriors have already been dealt a blow with talismanic forward Knowledge Musona, already ruled out after being injured while playing for his South African Premiership club Kaizer Chiefs.

There are also doubts about the fitness of Mamelodi Sundowns’ Khama Billiat, who has had a season blighted by injuries.

The South African Premiership season will end on May 10 just a week before the Warriors face the Taifa Stars.

Source : The Herald