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Embattled Zimbabwe Soccer Coach Gets Vote Of Confidence From VP

The job of Zimbabwe national soccer coach Charles Mhlauri’s is looking more secure following an expression of support from Vice President Joseph Msika, who urged fans not to blame Mhlauri for the team’s relegation from the 2008 Africa Cup Of Nations Tournament after losing to Morocco 2-0 in Casablanca a fortnight ago.

Msika made the comments Wednesday at a ceremony in Harare announcing plans for the the 2007 Commercial Bank Of Zimbabwe Cup competition.

Msika blamed the national soccer team's loss on insufficient state support. But he said the players shared the blame in that their fitness and skills fell short.

Commentator Omega Sibanda told reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the Zimbabwe Football Association shares responsibility failing to raise funds and schedule friendly matches to hone the Warriors' edge.

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