The Zimbabwe Football Association [Zifa] will need to make a decision on the future of national team coach Zdravko Logarusic whose contract is set to expire before the end of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
The Croatian gaffer signed a two-year deal with the association, which ends in January next year, two months before the qualifiers are concluded.
It remains unclear whether Zifa will extend the coach’s contract with indications that the association was recently investigating the validity of his Uefa Pro Licence.
Logarusic guided the Warriors to qualification for the Afcon 2022 set for Cameroon. His next assignment is to guide the country in the World Cup qualifiers.
However, the qualifiers which were set to resume next month have now been moved to September and will end in March next year.
A statement said the Caf Emergency Committee reached their decision, in consultation with Fifa, after taking into consideration the disruptions caused by coronavirus.
“The Caf Emergency Committee, in consultation with Fifa, decided to postpone the Caf qualifiers for the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 that were due to be played in June 2021, after taking into consideration the current challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the need to ensure the optimal playing conditions for all participating teams,” read a statement from Caf.
“The qualifiers will now take place in the existing windows of September, October and November 2021, and March 2022.”
The postponement also comes against the background of a stadium crisis that has gripped the continent.
Warriors team manager, Wellington Mpandare, said the changes would come at a huge cost as they had already invested a lot, in logistical ground work.
Zimbabwe were supposed to host Bafana Bafana, and then travel to Ethiopia, next month.
“In terms of preparations, we were at an advanced stage where we had secured air tickets for all the invited players, and had done hotel bookings for the local camp, ahead of the first match against South Africa,” Mpandare told The Herald.
“We were actually in the process of sending an advanced party to Ethiopia, to sort out the logistics, for the next game.
“So, I can say, in terms of preparations, we were way ahead of our game. It’s something beyond us and, really, we cannot do anything about it.
“I thought this was the best time to play these games, because most of the international leagues will have finished, and we didn’t anticipate many challenges in securing our foreign-based players.
“I also thought we were going to have more time to train and travel during this window.
“For example, we had, at least, the whole week before playing our first game and there was going to be a week between the two games.
“Hopefully, this will also give CAF and the member countries more time to prepare for the games.”
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