Tenant Chilumba bares his soul

HARARE - A that starts well ends well, but the situation is slightly different with Tenant Chilumba, the former Hwange coach who is now in charge of FC Platinum.

The Zambian, who left Hwange before the end of last season, poured out her heart in an exclusive interview with the Daily News at the weekend, chronicling the events leading to his resignation as technical manager of the coal-miners with eight games remaining in the season following the elevation of his assistant Nation Dube to the head coach position.

Chilembe, in the interview, said the move by Hwange to empower his understudy caused discord in the team.

 “The executive felt that they needed to invest in a local coach and since I was an expatriate, they felt I should groom and nature the head coach,” Chilumba told the Daily News.

 “I was stuck on that because I have not been in the coaching field for more than five years, I’m still a young coach although of course the knowledge is there. We didn’t get the results in the 2012 season and I offered to step down because I felt that I was concentrating more on grooming the head coach and we were not speaking the same language.

 “When he came back from a course in Zambia things changed, the executive wanted a local to take over and they sent him to school to take over. I could no longer make any decision, but you can’t empower somebody who is not ready. I used to talk to Nation and he would tell me that he wanted to learn but the executive continued pushing him. They were not honest to me, even going to the extent of talking to the players in my absence. I decided I would not ruin my CV and left.”

 The former Kabwe Warriors player joined Hwange in 2010 on a two-year contract, leading the club to a respectable number five on the final Castle Premiership standings.

He would follow that up with another impressive season in 2011, guiding the miners to third position in the league to book a berth in the Caf Confederation Cup.

“We struggled a bit in 2010 and finished on number five,” Chilumba said.

 “I was the Coach of the Year in 2011 and I was very happy that people appreciated my contribution. We had three players from Hwange on the (Soccer Stars) calendar, three played in the Warriors squad while Aaron Katebe played for Chipolopolo.

 “We beat Dynamos in the third-place play-off of the Bob 88 Cup. In Caf we beat Jamuri 3- 0 in Tanzania and 4-1 at the Colliery, drew one all with the Sudanese team here and 0-0 away. In life when you have your right hand man going against you, it’s very easy to finish you off.”

 Chilumba says while he misses Hwange, he was relishing the new challenge at Platinum.

 “I wanted to finish the contract and win something for the club but when the interference started, you could see fans supporting the opposing team, the team was divided with players from Hwange sitting on their own, players from Harare doing the same and foreigners doing the same.

 “I have always wanted to coach a top team and I’m happy to be here (at Platinum). With the support I’m getting from everyone here, it will be very difficult not to get the intended results. I’m a very ambitious coach and hopefully we will win some more silverware.”

Platinum beat Zvishavane rivals Shabanie at the weekend to win the Cephas Msipa Charity Cup. - Tenant Chilumba bares his soul

Austin Karonga

ALL that starts well ends well, but the situation is slightly different with Tenant Chilumba, the former Hwange coach who is now in charge of FC Platinum.

The Zambian, who left Hwange before the end of last season, poured out her heart in an exclusive interview with the Daily News at the weekend, chronicling the events leading to his resignation as technical manager of the coal-miners with eight games remaining in the season following the elevation of his assistant Nation Dube to the head coach position.

Chilembe, in the interview, said the move by Hwange to empower his understudy caused discord in the team.

 “The executive felt that they needed to invest in a local coach and since I was an expatriate, they felt I should groom and nature the head coach,” Chilumba told the Daily News.

 “I was stuck on that because I have not been in the coaching field for more than five years, I’m still a young coach although of course the knowledge is there. We didn’t get the results in the 2012 season and I offered to step down because I felt that I was concentrating more on grooming the head coach and we were not speaking the same language.

 “When he came back from a course in Zambia things changed, the executive wanted a local to take over and they sent him to school to take over. I could no longer make any decision, but you can’t empower somebody who is not ready. I used to talk to Nation and he would tell me that he wanted to learn but the executive continued pushing him. They were not honest to me, even going to the extent of talking to the players in my absence. I decided I would not ruin my CV and left.”

 The former Kabwe Warriors player joined Hwange in 2010 on a two-year contract, leading the club to a respectable number five on the final Castle Premiership standings.

He would follow that up with another impressive season in 2011, guiding the miners to third position in the league to book a berth in the Caf Confederation Cup.

“We struggled a bit in 2010 and finished on number five,” Chilumba said.

 “I was the Coach of the Year in 2011 and I was very happy that people appreciated my contribution. We had three players from Hwange on the (Soccer Stars) calendar, three played in the Warriors squad while Aaron Katebe played for Chipolopolo.

 “We beat Dynamos in the third-place play-off of the Bob 88 Cup. In Caf we beat Jamuri 3- 0 in Tanzania and 4-1 at the Colliery, drew one all with the Sudanese team here and 0-0 away. In life when you have your right hand man going against you, it’s very easy to finish you off.”

 Chilumba says while he misses Hwange, he was relishing the new challenge at Platinum.

 “I wanted to finish the contract and win something for the club but when the interference started, you could see fans supporting the opposing team, the team was divided with players from Hwange sitting on their own, players from Harare doing the same and foreigners doing the same.

 “I have always wanted to coach a top team and I’m happy to be here (at Platinum). With the support I’m getting from everyone here, it will be very difficult not to get the intended results. I’m a very ambitious coach and hopefully we will win some more silverware.”

Platinum beat Zvishavane rivals Shabanie at the weekend to win the Cephas Msipa Charity Cup.

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