Zimbabwe Coach Tom Saintfiet Yet To Get Work Permit

But Zifa expects the tactician to get his papers soon.
Zimbabwe Warrior’s Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet is yet to get a work permit, a month after he was appointed the head tactician.

The coach was ordered to leave Zimbabwe, while his application for a work permit was being processed, after a serious blunder by Zifa to let him coach without a permit.

Zifa president Cuthbert Dube, told The Herald that Saintfiet remained the board's choice for Warriors' coach.

"Tom was appointed head coach, by the Zifa board, and we are waiting for his work permit," said Dube.

"We submitted his papers, the Immigration (department) are processing and they have been asking this and that and it is our hope that probably next month we should be getting a response.

"The application we have submitted is both for a work permit and residence permit.

"We are awaiting the results, the matter should be concluded next month," said Dube.

If granted the permit early next month, the former Namibia coach could get his first feel of competition with the Warriors against the Mambas of Mozambique in Maputo on November 17, a date set aside for FIFA friendly matches.

But if Saintfiet's papers are not yet in order by then, the Belgian will have to wait a little longer until next year's CHAN tournament to get into action for the Warriors.

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