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Brazilian Valinhos to coach Zimbabwe
Veteran Brazilian coach Jose Claudinei has been handed the task of steering Zimbabwe to the finals of the 2010 football World Cup in neighbouring South Africa.
Claudinei, 60, commonly known as Valinhos, was unveiled at a ceremony in the capital Harare by Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) patron vice-president Joseph Msika, before signing his contract.
The former coach of Brazil's under-20 team replaces Charles Mhlauri who was sacked after the Warriors failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations due to start in Ghana next week.
Valinhos has also coached in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco as well as his native Brazil.
Zimbabwe, who have never qualified for the World Cup finals, have been drawn against Guinea, Namibia and Kenya in the qualifying rounds for the 2010 tournament.
Claudinei adds to the Brazilian flavour in the region with the World Cup-winning coach Carlos Alberto Parreira now in charge of South Africa.
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