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Sacked Zimbabwe Soccer Coach Reflects On His Brazilian Successor

After being sacked last June for failing to take Zimbabwe's national soccer team, the Warriors, to the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations competition, Charles Mhlauri has landed on his feet in the United States where he is coaching in Middletown, Connecticut.

He was recently replaced by Brazilian Jose Claudinei Georgini, known as Valinhos.

Valinhos on Wednesday named a team that the Zimbabwe Football Association and soccer fans across the nation hope will qualify for the 2010 African Cup and the World Cup taking place that same year in South Africa

Former national team captain Peter Ndlovu, now plying his trade in South Africa, has been replaced by a draft of younger players.

Mhlauri told reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that although it is a noble idea to appoint a Brazilian coach, the Zimbabwe Football Association must give Valinhos the financial resources he needs to succeed.

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