Mighty Warriors gaffer still with no contract

Raymond Jaravaza
ZIFA are yet to give national women’s team – the Mighty Warriors – coach Shadreck Mlauzi a contract as the team left for Tanzania in the early hours of Thursday morning for an African Women Cup of Nations qualifier.

Mlauzi’s counterpart, Warriors coach Kallisto Pasuwa signed a two-year contract with the national football association last month with emerging Zifa benefactor Wicknell Chivayo pledging to pay the coach his salary for the next two years.

But history making Mlauzi’s future is yet to be penned in black and white with the global sporting showcase – the Olympics – which the Mighty Warriors have qualified for due in August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“That is an administrative issue and the Zifa executive is well placed to comment on it,” said Mlauzi speaking from Harare before the team left for Tanzania.

Mlauzi revealed that when the contract is eventually tabled, he would consider hiring a manager to negotiate on his behalf.

“I will make the decision to hire a manager or not when the time comes. For now I want to focus on the qualifiers,” he said.

Pasuwa is managed by player agent Gibson Mahachi who is credited with carving out a lucrative contract for the Warriors coach believed to be in the region of $7 000 per month.

Both the Warriors and Mighty Warriors coaches were handed cars by Zifa benefactor Chivayo.

Football mother body communications manager Xolisani Gwesela said the contract issue was being dealt with by the Zifa board.

“The board is dealing with the Mighty Warriors coach contract. Speak to the CEO (Jonathan Mashingaidze) and he will shed more light,” said Gwesela.

Mashingaidze was not reachable for comment.

An upbeat Mlauzi said Zimbabwe was gunning for victory.

“We are targeting nothing short of a win to boost our chances of qualifying for the African Women Cup of Nations. If we get a win away in Tanzania then it will make our job easier in the return leg,” said Mlauzi.

“The team has in the past played under immense pressure leading up to the last game of the Olympics qualifiers but we still managed to prevail so the players know what is expected of them in Tanzania,” he added.

The match will be played on Friday (today) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with the return leg set for Zimbabwe in a fortnight.

Depending on the outcome of the qualifiers, the Mighty Warriors may head to Cameroon for the African Women’s Cup of Nations to be held in December.

Mighty Warriors squad:
Goalkeepers: Chido Dzingirai, Lindiwe Magwede

Defenders: Nobuhle Majika, Sheila Makoto, Eunice Chibanda, Lynette Mutokuto, Daisy Kaitano, Patience Mujuru,

Midfielders: Emmaculate Msipa, Viola Ndlovu, Marjory Nyaumwe, Mavis Chirandu, Felistas Muzongondi, Rejoice Kapfumvuti

Strikers: Rudo Neshamba, Erina Jeke, Samkelisiwe Zulu