Norman Mapeza To Continue Managing Zimbabwe Warriors

The former Warriors captain has been holding the position in caretaker capacity.

Norman Mapeza will take charge of the Warriors' opening African Cup of Nations Group 1 qualifying showdown with Liberia after Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) resolved to extend his reign as the senior team's caretaker coach.

Zimbabwe will begin their bid for a place at the 2012 Nations Cup with a tough away fixture against Liberia's Lone Star in Monrovia on the weekend of September 3-5.

There had been indications that the Warriors will get a new coach to handle the team before the continental qualifiers kicks off.

Zifa on Tuesday also officially invited applications from prospective candidates for the post of Warriors head coach. Zifa want the aspiring candidates to have submitted their applications by August 16.

According to a report posted in the Herald, the football governing body wants the next Warriors manager "to have at least five years' coaching experience at Premiership level and to have a minimum five 'O' Levels".

Zifa board member for competitions Benedict Moyo was quoted in the paper saying that although they had advertised for the Warriors job, the association would take their time to find "the right candidate for the position."

"Mapeza will definitely be in charge of the national team's opening match and will act in that capacity until we get the right candidate. There is no use rushing things. We are giving ourselves time because we don't want to do a shoddy job. We have set an August 16 deadline and we will need about two more weeks for interviews and to ascertain the right candidate. Soon after that, we will be in a position to announce the new coach for the national team.

Mapeza who formerly coached Monomotapa FC, has already managed to see the qualification of home-grown talent to the African Championships of Nations finals in Sudan early next year.