Zimbabwe have named former national team midfielder Norman Mapeza as coach, reports said Thursday.
"I have spoken to Norman (Mapeza) and he has agreed to work with the national team," Zimbabwe Football Association president Cuthbert Dube told a local newspaper.
Mapeza replaces Belgian Tom Saintfiet, who was named coach last September but was ordered out of the country by immigration authorities when he arrived without a work permit two weeks later.
Crowd favourite Mapeza will be assisted by veteran Joey Antipas, coach of defending league champions Motor Action. The new boss shared control of the national team with Madinda Ndlovu for a CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Cape Verde Islands in Harare last October, which fizzled out to a dull 0-0 draw.
He then stepped down, saying he did not want to be a source of friction within the Zimbabwe Football Association following a 9-2 vote by the board against his appointment.