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ZIFA vice-president Omega Sibanda yesterday said his board’s decision to give Ian Gorowa an extended mandate to take charge of the 2015 Nations Cup campaign was influenced by the need to give continuity, in the technical team of the Warriors, a chance.Gorowa’s future with the Warriors has been shrouded in uncertainty after it emerged that the youthful coach hasn’t signed a contract offered by zifa, insisting he needs a number of outstanding issues, including the payment of his salary after five months without pay, and full payment of the bonuses due to the CHAN players.

On Monday Gorowa turned down an invitation, to be a guest during ZBC’s weekly live television football magazine programme, Game Plan, arguing that his role with the Warriors was yet to be confirmed and it would be unfair for him to discuss the team’s preparations for the 2015 Nations Cup qualifiers.

Yesterday, the former Mamelodi Sundowns coach met with a zifa delegation to discuss his future in the capital and an agreement was thrashed.

Sibanda, the second most powerful man at the association, told The Herald that the future of Gorowa, as coach of the Warriors, has never been in question.

“On behalf of the zifa president Cuthbert Dube and the zifa board, I want to aise the nation that Ian Gorowa will be the head coach in charge of our Warriors when they battle to try and qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations and also for the foreseeable future while our board is in charge of football in this country,” said Sibanda.

“His position as head coach has never been in doubt but there are some outstanding issues that need to be resolved, like his contract, what we expect from him and what he expects from us, but some of these things can be sorted out, as we move on, and should not stop him from working on his programmes to prepare the team.

“I spoke with the president (Dube) today (yesterday) and we are in total agreement that Gorowa is the man who will be in charge of our senior national team and he tasked me with the duty to aise the nation of that position so that we end all this speculation that has been doing the rounds.

“Yes, there are some issues that have to be resolved, including his salary, the payments that were not made and how they can be made but we want to make it clear that we are committed to finding a resolution but that should not stop the coach from doing his job to prepare the team for the big assignments that we have coming soon.

“If there are any changes that have to be made then they could come among one or two of his assistants but we have to make it clear that it’s something that we will discuss with the coach and find the best way forward.”

Sibanda said Gorowa has done well, during his short stint as the Warriors head coach and had shown that he needed to be given a longer term, in charge of the team, while also getting the full support of the board.

“Gorowa has done very well, the results have been there for everyone to see and it’s only normal that we give him more time that he leads the team because the signs are good,” said Sibanda.

“Coaches are judged by results and, on that front, Gorowa has done very well and that is what gave us confidence to give him the role to lead the Warriors during the Afcon qualifiers.

“It’s now up to him to succeed and fail and, if he fails, we will tell him that and our relationship will be reviewed but, as a country, we all wish him well and we want to see our national team playing in Morocco next year and we don’t want to repeat some of the mistakes we have made in the past.”

The zifa vice-president challenged the nation to rally behind Gorowa and the Warriors during their quest to try and end eight years of waiting for a place at the Nations Cup finals.

“This is our national team and its success is our success as a country and what we want from our nation is total support for the Warriors so that the boys can really fly our national flag very high,” said Sibanda.

“We want to see supporters travelling to support the team in Tanzania and we want to see a full house when the team comes here to play at home. We need to be united as a nation and you will be surprised by the things that we can achieve. The time has come for us to serve the interests of our nation, to serve our football and not to just pursue petty things that divide us.

“I will work hard to ensure that we have a united football community in this country and we are all pulling in one direction and you will be surprised by the things we can achieve if we are united.”

Source : The Herald