The Zimbabwe Football Association has decided to name the German manager Klaus Dieter Pagels as the interim manager of the national team before a permanent manager is found. He will be working with the under 23 coach Peter Ndlovu, who will be kept along the bench as one of the assistant manager is. The goalkeeping coach Nkululeko Dhlamini has also taken over his new role from Richard Tswatswa, as the Zimbabwe football Association continues to bring in a major reshuffle in the hope of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Klaus Dieter Pagels has been working with the Zimbabwe football Association for the last two seasons.
He has been working with the African nations as part of the German assistance program. He will now have the ability to choose one assistant manager according to his desire. The association has said that Pagels is the perfect man for the job that will be extremely short, as they hope to find the perfect man to be able to lead Zimbabwe in the future campaigns. They have also said that a local coaches will be working along with Pagels in order to give him inputs during his time as the Zimbabwe national team manager.
“We settled for the German coach, given the existing government-to-government cooperation which would see the Association engaging a highly qualified coach in the shortest possible time-frame. The Association will, however, continue on a hunt for a highly qualified coach who should take charge of the senior national men’s future campaigns in the long term. A local coach with unquestionable potential and enthusiasm shall be recommended to work with Klaus Pagels as part of the Association’s capacity building and succession plan,” said the Zimbabwe football Association in a statement. Pagels’ official unveiling will come later in December of this year.