Platinum appoint Mutasa new coach

HARARE - FC Platinum have appointed Lloyd Mutasa as their interim coach until the end of the season after the club was rocked by Tenant Chilumba’s shock resignation midway through the season.

The miners moved quickly to appoint the Dynamos legend – who is also the national team’s first assistant coach – in an attempt to bring back a measure of sanity to the club’s technical department.  

The laid-back former midfielder will be deputised by Tendai Chikuni as his first assistant coach.

Mutasa, sacked from his post as head coach by Dynamos in 2011, has been tasked with reviving Platinum’s flagging fortunes after the Midlands side has failed to win in their last six Castle Premiership matches in a poor run of form prompted by a power struggle and internal squabbling within the club.

He has been out of work since leaving Swaziland top-flight side Green Mambas last season, although Warriors duties have kept him actively involved in the game.

However, according to a statement credited to Platinum club president George Mawere on Friday, Mutasa will relinquish the head coach post to become assistant coach to a yet unknown coach as well as assuming the role of talent development coach for the club’s Gweru-based academy and youth team.

“In line with its quest to enhance excellence at its Soccer Academy based at Guinea Fowl in Gweru and Under 19 team currently in Southern region's division one, FC Platinum Football Club, have appointed Lloyd Mutasa as its talent development coach and first assistant to the senior team,” read the statement.

“Over and above his role, Mr Mutasa will also work as acting head coach of FC Platinum until the end of year (2013). He will be assisted in that role by Tendai Chikuni as his first assistant.

“FC Platinum wishes Lloyd success in this new role and look forward to working with him to ensure that the club develops grassroots talent and remains a competitive top flight premier club in Zimbabwe. We believe Mutasa has the pedigree to shape our development structures in line with our vision of being a key feeder of talent into various national teams.”

Reliable sources, however, said Mutasa could well be confirmed substantive coach if he succeeds in guiding the platinum miners to a respectable finish this season. 

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