Zimbabwe: Pagels Ropes in Mutasa

Warriors interim coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels has picked former Dynamos and Kiglon coach Lloyd Mutasa as his assistant in a technical structure that also includes Ian Gorowa.

The new structure was announced by Zifa at a press conference yesterday.

The set-up has been tasked with rebuilding the Warriors into a formidable side after the team's failure to qualify for the African Cup of Nations in neighbouring South Africa next year.

Monomotapa's Nkululeko Dla-mini is the new goalkeepers' coach while Peter Ndlovu retains his place as one of the assistants by virtue of his post as national Under-23 coach.

Pagels said he had picked Mutasa because they share the same football philosophy.

"When I came here I watched Kiglon play and was impressed with the type of football they were playing," said Pagels. "So I thought Mutasa has the same philosophy of football as me that is why I selected him."

Pagels emphasised that he wants the Warriors to play passing football and dump the kick-and-rush style they had adopted lately.

"I observed that we play a lot of kick-and-rush football in Zimbabwe. The defender blasts the ball forward and relaxes, but I want to transform the Warriors the way we transformed the Mighty Warriors who now play good one touch football."

Pagels said because he has been to different parts of the country, it would be easy to bring talented youngsters into the team.

"My task has been to identify youths around the country. It is important to bring in these success hungry youths who still have the drive in the team."

He said while his priority is to rebuild the team, he still hoped to help the Warriors qualify for the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

Gorowa's task would be to monitor foreign-based players, especially those in South Africa where the Warriors draw most of their talent.

The new structure also sees the return of Sharriff Mussa who replaces Nyika Chifamba as team manager.

Zifa president Cuthbert Dube implored football fans to be patient during the rebuilding phase.

"Zifa would like to appeal to the football family to have unity of purpose as we rebuild the Warriors," said Dube.

"The rebuilding exercise will not be a stroll in the park given that the exercise would have to endure all sorts of social and economic terrains. We appeal to the entire nation to rally behind the new technical structure to work round the clock in laying a strong foundation for the Warriors; a foundation upon which Zimbabwe's football folklore shall be rebuilt."

Zifa is forming a Zimbabwe Football Trust committee that will help gather resources for all national teams.

The association has promised to give full support to Pagels' plans for the Warriors. The coach has already drawn up a list of nations he wishes the team to engage in friendlies ahead of next year's World Cup qualifiers.

Zifa is courting Nigeria for an international friendly next year after they were turned down by Ghana.

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