Former Cameroon and Togo boss Otto Pfister has applied to become Zimbabwe's new coach.
''We are really delighted to have someone of his caliber showing interest in the job,'' Benedict Moyo, the Zimbabwe Football Association board member responsible for national teams, said on Tuesday.
The 72-year-old Pfister is vastly experienced in African football, having also managed the national teams of Ghana, Ivory Coast and Senegal, plus Egyptian club side Zamalek.
He led Ghana to the final of the African Cup of Nations in 2002 and repeated the feat with Cameroon two years ago. In between, the German coach took charge of Togo in its first World Cup at Germany 2006.
Moyo said the new Zimbabwe coach will be announced by the end of next week, but the successful candidate will not be in charge when Zimbabwe opens its 2012 Cup of Nations qualifying campaign away to Liberia on Sept. 4.
The Zimbabwe coaching post was left vacant after former captain Sunday Chidzambwa quit in protest. He is suing ZIFA for unpaid salaries of $60,000, although president Cuthbert Dube said on Tuesday that it now had the resources to hire a high-profile coach.
Associated Press Writer Chengetai Zvauya contributed to this report.