Can Mapeza Lift The Warriors Sinking Ship?

Norman Mapeza is believed to be the man who will deliver positive results for the warriors team in the upcoming world cup qualifying rounds against Ghana, South Africa and Ethiopia.

He is one of the most celebrated Zimbabwean footballers to have played for warriors.

Mapeza is the head coach of FC Platinum which plays in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League where he won two league title with the platinum miners. He also had a fruitful stint with Turkish giants Galatasaray as a player.

Norman Mapeza boast of a lucrative coaching career with a history of being the manager of the South African PSL team, Chippa United.

Nevertheless, Mapeza who achieved a lot of things in his coaching career, winning a number of games when he took charge of the Zimbabwe national team on different occasions is therefore believed to be the warriors savior.

In March 2017, Mapeza was also appointed caretaker manager of Zimbabwe for the fourth time until November 2017 where Zimbabwe performed well in their regional matches.

With this in mind most football fans believe that the former warriors captain will revive Zimbabwean football from a spell of frustration which was left by Zdravko Logarusic

According to the latest FIFA rankings, Warriors dropped five places down after a series of poor performance in the World Cup qualifiers.

Zimbabwe was number 108 from August 12, but dropped to 113 in rankings released today.

A goalless draw against South Africa and 1-0 defeat to Ethiopia did not help matters for the period under review.

However, Mapeza is believed to deliver a mammoth task of beating Ghana back-to-back in the qualifiers, something that could rescue the campaign and certainly improve the team’s ranking.

Zimbabwe will also play against Bafana Bafana in South Africa before hosting Ethiopia at the National Sports Stadium in its journey to qualify for the 2022 world cup.

Currently, according to FIFA rankings Senegal is the top African team followed by Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco whilst Belgium remains the top ranked team in the world followed by Brazil, France and England.

 

 

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