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SUNDAY CHIDZAMBWA, the first coach to take the Warriors to the Nations Cup, has hailed the decision to extend Ian Gorowa’s mandate, as the head coach of the senior national football team, ahead of the 2015 Nations Cup qualifiers.

Gorowa was confirmed as the coach who will guide the Warriors during the 2015 Nations Cup qualifiers this week when the Zifa board thrashed out a deal with the gaffer in Harare. ending weeks of uncertainty, on who will lead the Warriors in this campaign.

Gorowa has been holding out for a deal, wanting the association to first commit themselves to paying him his outstanding salary accrued over five months, dating back to last year, and also committing themselves to paying his CHAN players according to the agreement they reached with Zifa in Cape Town.

But a Zifa team met Gorowa in Harare on Tuesday and the board member, Miriam Madziwa, emerged from the meeting to announce that the two parties had agreed to work together for the duration of the 2015 Nations Cup qualifiers.

Yesterday Chidzambwa, who made history when he took the Warriors to their maiden Nations Cup finals in Tunisia in 2004, said this was the best possible deal that could be reached under the circumstances.

“Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who was involved in the negotiations for putting the country’s interests ahead of individual interests because, with the short time frame that we have between now and our first game against Tanzania, there was no time to bring in a new coach,” said Chidzambwa.

“You needed someone who has been working with the boys before and I’m happy that they reached a settlement with Ian because he has a programme that has been running and has already played Tanzania in a friendly and knows what to expect from them.

“He took his team to Malawi where he mixed the local boys with the foreign crew and I think he gave us our biggest winning margin in Malawi since Independence and when you look at that, against a background of what he achieved in South African with his CHAN team, you can say that he is the best guy we have now to take charge of our national team.

“There is no coach who is perfect in the world and we have seen just this week, looking at football and the results that have come from Europe, that even the best coaches in the world can get it wrong and can be punished badly when that happens.

“I think Ian, right now, is the best man we have to guide the team, given that he has been working with the boys for some time now, and if we look at the time that we have, between now and the game in Tanzania, there is no room for experiments. Therefore, given what has happened in the past few days, I think it is important to thank the people at Zifa who ensured that an arrangement was thrashed out, even when it appeared that there were a lot of differences between the two parties, and also to thank Ian for remaining loyal to serve his country,” he added.

Source : The Herald