The Warriors face the potential departure of coach Baltemar Brito as his contract with Zifa expires at the close of this month.
Zifa initially tied Brito’s contract to his affiliation with Highlanders, which is also set to conclude on December 31. Consequently, Zifa must now renegotiate with the coach for a fresh contract and work permit.
Despite Brito expressing his eagerness to continue leading the national team, there is a looming risk that delays from Zifa could tempt him to explore other opportunities. This scenario could leave the Warriors without a coach as they approach their assignments for the upcoming year.
Initially, when Zifa enlisted the former Highlanders’ head two months ago to oversee the Warriors’ 2026 Fifa World Cup qualifiers, the understanding was that Brito and fitness and conditioning coach Antonio Torres would be under contract until June 24, coinciding with the termination of the Zifa normalization committee’s tenure. However, this appears not to be the case.
Zifa normalization committee chairman Lincoln Mutasa clarified the terms of the duo’s deal, explaining that their contracts were contingent on their association with Highlanders.
“We granted them contracts until the end of December. We couldn’t offer them contracts that differed from those at Highlanders. We need to reassess their contracts, so the normalization committee must convene to decide whether to apply for an extension. Their original contracts aligned with those at Highlanders,” Mutasa stated. Furthermore, he emphasized the need to reapply to the Registrar General’s Office for their work permits, as their initial agreements were based on the terms of their Highlanders’ contracts.