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.