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Highlanders Coach Brito Throws Hat in the Ring for Warriors Job

Highlanders Coach Brito Throws Hat in the Ring for Warriors Job

Highlanders coach Baltemar Brito has confirmed that he has submitted his application for the vacant coaching position with the Zimbabwean national team, the Warriors. Brito revealed that he took this step on the advice of his friend and AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho.

Brito’s contract with Highlanders is set to expire at the end of the year, and there have been no discussions regarding its renewal so far. With only four months remaining, the coach acknowledged the need to explore other options.

Support from Jose Mourinho

Brito shared that he received a call from his friend, Jose Mourinho, who offered his support and encouraged him to embrace the challenge should it arise. Mourinho’s endorsement has provided Brito with added confidence and motivation.

Focused on Football Development

Brito expressed pride in being associated with Zimbabwe and highlighted his objective to enhance football not only at Highlanders but throughout the country. His arrival aimed to contribute to the growth and improvement of the sport.

Selection Process and Other Applicants

The Zifa normalization committee, led by Lincoln Mutasa, plans to announce the new Warriors coach within the next two weeks. This timeframe aligns with the upcoming FIFA international breaks, during which friendly matches will be played to prepare for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Foreign candidates who have applied for the position include Serbian national Kostadin Papic, previously associated with South African clubs Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, as well as North Macedonian Gjoko Hadzievski.

Additionally, embattled former Dynamos coach Herbert Maruwa and veteran Shepherd Murape have expressed interest in the role. The normalization committee’s technical committee will soon conduct interviews and provide recommendations for the selection process, reported Newsday.