Pagels not 'a bitter a man'

HARARE - Outgoing Warriors coach Klaus Deter-Pagels has insisted he is not bitter about his exit and will be delighted to end his flirtation with a win against Mauritius in a Chan qualifier next weekend. 

Zimbabwe will face Mauritius at the George V Stadium in Port Louis on Sunday in what will be Pagels’ last game in charge of the Warriors.

Pagels, who has since secured a job as a sports teacher at a school in Stade in his native Germany, will leave the country at the expiry of his contract at the end of this month.

The government-to-government agreement that brought him here in 2010 expires at the end of this month and Zifa has turned down pleas offer him a new contract as the substantive coach.

“I am not disappointed about Zifa at all. It’s very normal in football,” Pagels told Daily News.

“Maybe they have other ideas. No one from Zifa spoke to me about extending my contract. I have already secured a job in my country and at the end of the month, I am leaving.

“It was really a good experience working with some talented players whom I think will do better in foreign leagues. I enjoyed my stay in the country.”

The Warriors, who lost to hosts Zambia 2-0 in the final of the Cosafa Cup at the weekend, will regroup today to start preparing for the Mauritius game.

The team is expected to leave on Thursday and Pagels, who was restricted to at most two players per club during the Cosafa Cup, has expressed his desire to select his best squad.

Pagels added: “I am looking forward to the match against Mauritius. It will be good to end my tenure with a win against Mauritius. I hope we will not be restricted to selection as was the case in the Cosafa Cup.

“During the Cosafa tournament, some of the players I didn’t know them personally until three days before we left for Zambia. And after all those obstacles, I think reaching the final was a good result for us.

The Warriors have been to the last two editions of the Chan tournament in Cote d’Ivoire in 2009 and Sudan two years later.

The winner of the second and final round of the qualifiers will advance to the 2014 Chan tournament in South Africa. If the Warriors beat Mauritius, they will face either Zambia or Botswana in the final round.

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