Baltemar Brito Appointed Zim Warriors Head Coach. Baltemar Brito has been announced to lead the way as Zimbabwe embarks on its renewed quest for a historic maiden qualification in the FIFA World Cup finals.
In communication with their employers, ZIFA formally requested the release of the Portuguese coach from the top-tier football club to assume the challenging position and their request was approved.
In an official statement, ZIFA clarified that Brito will continue to fulfil his duties as the Highlanders coach and will only step into the role of Zimbabwe’s Head Coach when the need arises. Brito will be accompanied by Bogani Mafu and Genesis Mangombe as assistants.
“The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) is pleased to inform the nation that it has appointed Baltemar Brito as the head coach of the senior men’s team forthwith until June 2024. He will be assisted by Bongani Mafu and Genesis Mangombe.” Read the statement.
“The Normalisation Committee (NC) settled for the trio after an extensive recruitment and consultative process based on regional, continental, and global confederations’ guidelines. The NC set the coaches’ term of engagement to end at the same time with its mandate so that the next board will have the opportunity to recruit its own coaches.
“Brito and his assistants’ first assignment will be the invitational match to celebrate Botswana’s Independence Day on 30 September. Thereafter, they will have to begin working on creating a team to compete in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in November.
“ZIFA would like to thank Highlanders FC and Dynamos for allowing their coaches to serve the nation. The coaches will remain with their clubs and will be reporting for national assignments as and when required to do so.
“The association pleads for the nation’s patience as it continues with the recruitment of remaining national teams coaches.“