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Zimbabwe Football Association Still Awaits Work Permit For National Team Coach


Barring Saintfiet's sudden return, interim coach Madinda Ndlovu will direct the Warriors next week in the friendly scheduled with Mozambique in Maputo ahead of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and the African Nations Championships

A senior official of the Zimbabwe Football Association said ZIFA is still awaiting a response from immigration authorities as to the fate of the Warriors national team coach Tom Saintfiet, deported last month soon after starting work.

Sources said Saintfiet, a Belgian deported in October, is waiting for a work visa in a nearby country.

Barring his sudden return, interim coach Madinda Ndlovu will direct the Warriors next week in the friendly scheduled with Mozambique in Maputo ahead of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and the African Nations Championships.

ZIFA Competitions Director Benedict Moyo told VOA Studio 7 reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye the association is still hoping for a positive response from the immigration authority as to Saintfiet’s employment.

The national football authority has been rocked by controversy in recent weeks with the firing of former chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya for sending the national team on an unauthorized 2009 tour of Asia during which players and team officials colluded with regional bookmakers to fix matches.

Her case was referred to an arbitrator last week after she challenged ZIFA's decision to fire her.

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