Mapeza named new Zimbabwe coach

HARARE, March 7 (Reuters) - Former Galatasaray midfielder Norman Mapeza has been appointed Zimbabwe coach for a third spell in the last four years, the Zimbabwe Football Association confirmed on Monday.

Mapeza, who has agreed a one-year contract, fills the vacancy left by Belgian Tom Saintfiet who took the job in September but was deported he did not have a work permit.

The 38-year-old Mapeza had been Zimbabwe's caretaker coach for two matches in 2007 and then again for four games last year, including a defeat by Brazil in a friendly just before the World Cup in neighbouring South Africa.

Zimbabwe play an African Nations Cup qualifier against Mali in Bamako on March 26.