In a sudden turn of events, Zifa appointed Ian Gorowa as new Zimbabwe coach
The coach will be assisted by Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa and FC Platinum head of development Jairos Tapera.
Gorowa’s position effectively ends German-born Klaus-Dieter Pagels’ eight-month reign as Warriors interim coach.
Ironically, Pagels was already preparing for the Chan qualifiers’ first leg against Mauritius before returning to his native Germany to assume a sport teaching post at a school in Stade, his hometown.
Zifa met Gorowa earlier this month and the coach accepted the job and agreed that he would commence his duties after the Cosafa Cup. He even travelled to the tournament held in Zambia with the team, but did not sit on the bench.
The two parties met again in Harare on Tuesday where they were engaged in a lengthy meeting from which an interim deal was thrashed. He begins work on Wednesday where he would be preparing for Sunday’s Port Louis battle against Mauritius.
Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela could however not be drawn into confirming Gorowa’s appointment.
“Efforts to rope in Ian Gorowa as Warriors head coach are at an advanced stage. We will issue a press statement (any time now),” Gwesela told Goal.
But sources at the Zifa said Gorowa is appointed on an interim basis because former coach Norman Mapeza still has a running contract with the association. Mapeza has since sued Zifa for unfair treatment after he was suspended for his alleged role in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal.
The former Galatasaray midfielder was suspended last year but his contract ends next year and has not yet been terminated.
“Gorowa has been appointed interim coach, because he cannot sign a substantive deal with Zifa who are yet to release Mapeza from his contract. Zifa has to pay Mapeza over US$100 000 before they part ways and this is why Gorowa is just caretaker coach for now,” Goal's source explained.
Pagels’ reign of nine matches recorded five losses, one draw and three wins, out of which one was after a penalty shootout against Malawi at the Cosafa Cup.