Bosso Supports Brito’s New Role with Warriors

by Adenike Adeodun

In a surprising turn, Baltemar Brito, Highlanders Football Club’s Brazilian genius, is now Zimbabwe’s men’s national football team’s’ interim head coach. The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) revealed this after a thorough selection process, showing confidence in Brito’s ability to juggle both roles.

Moreover, Newsday noted that the Highlanders fully support Brito’s latest role, even amidst the intense Castle Lager Premier Soccer League competition. Ronald Moyo, the club’s CEO, highlighted Highlanders’ progressive stance, keen on supporting Zimbabwean football’s broader cause. For example, he mentioned Norman Mapeza’s simultaneous coaching stints with FC Platinum and the Warriors, leading to a title win.

Moyo remarked, “Our club doesn’t just chase our own goals. We actively work towards boosting the national team.” He emphasised that this move aligned with the club’s overarching vision.

ZIFA, in its official statement, detailed their thorough decision-making. “After thorough consultations and following guidelines from various football confederations, the Normalisation Committee chose Brito.” The statement was clarified. Assisting him will be Bongani Mafu and Genesis Mangombe. They will oversee the team until June 2024, allowing the upcoming ZIFA board ample time for future selections.

Furthermore, Brito and his team face an immediate challenge: a friendly match with Botswana on September 30, celebrating Botswana’s Independence Day. This game sets the stage for their main mission: getting the Warriors ready for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in November. They’ll face strong teams like Rwanda, Nigeria, and South Africa.

ZIFA also thanked the Highlanders and Dynamos for their support, hinting at more coaching announcements soon.

With the Highlanders hoping to break a 17-year championship wait, all focus is on Brito. Can he handle both roles with his known expertise? Success here could redefine the course for the Highlanders and Zimbabwean football.

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