Sharif Mussa

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Sharif Mussa
Sharif Mussa
  • Soccer Coach
  • Sports Personality
Notable work
  • Former Manager for the Zimbabwe National Soccer Team
  • Played for the Zimbabwe National Soccer Team

Sharif Mussa is a Zimbabwean businessman, former warriors technical manager and director at Mahommed Mussa Wholesalers. Sharif Mussa is also son to Mohammed Mussa, the owner of the Wholesaling Group.



Mussa has a son named Salmaan Sharif Mussa who played for the Universals in the Harare Professionals Soccer League.[1]

Career in the National team

Sharif Mussa joined the Warriors' team as a liaison officer in 2004. He was understudy to the then manager Rafiq Adam. [2] Two years later, under Mhlauri, he was the assistant manager to former Highlanders chairperson Ernest “Mapepa’’ Sibanda who was the manager. Mussa worked between Cosafa Cup tournaments and the African Nations Championships (Chan) finals and a number of international assignments ranging from Afcon and World Cup qualifiers in a career that spanned 15 years with the National team.[3]


Sharif Mussa was found guilty of repackaging sugar and failing to produce invoices for other goods on sale in most of his popular wholesale shops. Mussa was charged with contravening sections of the Pricing of Goods Act in his capacity as the company representative and in his personal capacity. Harare Magistrate Priscilla Chigumba dismissed his plea for a fine saying he had lots of money and would not feel his punishment were it handed down in a fine only. She also refused to grant his application for bail pending appeal. Mussa denied the allegations leveled against him. [4]


In 2017 Sharif Mussa resigned from the warriors' technical team. He was the most senior member when he resigned after having joined the team in 2004. The resignation letter he wrote to Phillip Chiyangwa read:

I hereby tender my resignation with effect from March 1, 2007 from the post of Zimbabwe senior soccer team manager. Over the many years that I have worked with football, I have dedicated my services to the national game and to a football-loving nation-Zimbabwe and I must say that I have enjoyed and endured the highs and lows that come with this sport. It is at this juncture that I would want to realign and refocus towards the development of my family and business that had been forced to take a back seat during this ride. The attention required to attain my goals for my business and family would leave my duties and responsibility with the current national team set up vulnerable to some extent. As the euphoria of 2017 African Cup of Nations where Zimbabwe participated dies down, I am aware the association needs to look to the future and I feel that is time for me to step aside and allow for the process of continuation to be assigned to another person to carry on the button. The journey to the 2017 Afcon just like those to the CHAN 2014 and 2016 as well as a number of COSAFA tournaments.

I wish to thank you sir in your personal capacity and to thank you and your executive committee for affording me the chance to serve the national team in the role of team manager. I may have already been appointed to that post when your leadership came into office but you still found it worthwhile, to repose your confidence in me and entrusted me to carry on and for that I will for ever remain greateful to you sir.

I have always remained passionate and committed to serving my country through Zifa’s national team and as you may have noted I have occasionally used my personal resources to help in the discharge of national team duties and assist in various spheres. I have never shied away from serving my country and I am happy to retire having played a part in assisting the national team careers of many great players who are too numerous to mention but who include Peter Ndlovu, the late Adam Ndlovu, George Mbwando, Kaitano Tembo, Benjani Mwaruwari, Esrom Nyandoro through to the likes of Edward Sadomba, Method Mwanjali and lately Khama Billiat, Knowledge Musona, Kuda Mahachi and Willard Katsande.

I also wish to pay special tribute to all the coaches that I have worked with in the national team some of whom include Sunday Chidzambwa, Rahman Gumbo, Charles Mhlauri, Ian Gorowa, Valinhos, Norman Mapeza and Kalisto Pasuwa who all invited me to be part of their technical departments.

I also wish to extent the very best of wishes to ZIFA and all stakeholders for the forthcoming and future endeavours. My thanks go to all the ZIFA officials, the government officials who helped my time with the national team a wonderful journey during which we collectively and individually achieved a lot.

It has been a huge pleasure and honour to work under the Football Association and the experience I have gained will always be invaluable and I will continue to use it to help our football grow and I want to reiterate Sir that if engaged in future , I will consider where and I what sort of capacity I can help. Such a move will also be taken after due consideration of my business commitments as well as family and religious commitments. I do believe that more can be achieved through more focussed and well executed provisions, as long as working for the national team has not been without its challenges but as united family our football has the capacity to overcome most of the challenges.


Mussa is fluent in eight languages including French, Portuguese, Arabic, Spanish, and Swahili. [3]


  1. Petros Kausiyo, Misheck Chidzambwa, Mussa unite, The Herald, Published: December 20, 2017, Retrieved: June 25, 2021
  2. [1], , Published: 3 March 2017 , Retrieved: 13v February 2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sharif Mussa: A true Warrior, , Published: 26 March 2017, Retrieved: 13 February 2018
  4. Top Wholesaler, Mohammed Mussa, Jailed , , Published: 15 October 2006 , Retrieved: 5 February 2018

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