WASHINGTON DC —
The deal is done. The coaches of former world club champions Barcelona Football Club will be coming to Zimbabwe.
The Spanish giants’ coaching staff arrives in Zimbabwe on July 27 to conduct a course with coaches of all the 16 Caste Lager Premier Soccer League clubs as well as selected coaches from the lower divisions.
This has been revealed by Delta Beverages marketing manager Patricia Murambinda who has just returned from Barcelona to sign the deal.
Murambinda says the Barcelona coaching team might include their new manager who is still to be announced following the sacking of Gerardo Martino after a recent one-all draw with Atletico Madrid.
The draw cost Barcelona the La Liga title although the Spanish giants will still be in the Champions League next season, alongside the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal who have already guaranteed their places.
The former European champions have signed a deal with Castle Lager, who are the official Barcelona beer in Africa, and Murambinda says one day they are dreaming of bringing the team to Africa.
The Delta boss says they have also spoken to the Zimbabwe Football Association to have national team coach Ian Gorowa also take part in the coaching course.
Gorowa is arriving later this evening with the Warriors from Tanzania where the Warriors lost 1-0 but are strong favourites to qualify to the next stage as they play at home in the return leg on June 1.
Gorowa left Zimbabwe complaining over the none availability of Edward Sadomba and Ovidy Karuru whom he wanted for this crucial game.
Sadomba and Karuru were not released by their clubs as the match does not fall under the FIFA calendar.
Clubs are obliged to release players for national duty only for matches under the FIFA calendar.
/Should the Warriors overcome the Taifa Stars in the two legged tie, they will face the winner of the game between Mozambique and South Sudan for that vital place in the group stages where Cape Verde, Niger, and Zambia are waiting.
The Premier Soccer League has cancelled all matches lined up for this weekend to pave way for the Warriors game against the Taifa Stars.
All the postponed matches will be played midweek.