Zimbabwe appoints Pagels as national team coach

The Zimbabwe Football Association has appointed Klaus Dieter
Pagels as national team coach until the end of the 2014 World Cup
qualifying competition.

ZIFA says it has moved the German from his role as a technical
adviser to interim head coach following the resignation of Rahman
Gumbo last week.

Gumbo quit after Zimbabwe failed to reach next year’s African
Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Pagels, who was seconded to ZIFA from the German Olympic
Committee, takes over after Zimbabwe’s team was disbanded by the
federation following a long and damaging match-fixing scandal.

ZIFA chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze says the interim
coach ”will be tasked with the rebuilding of the senior national

Zimbabwe has one point from two games in its World Cup
qualifying group.