Mumba keen on Zim return

HARARE - Former Dynamos and Black Rhinos coach Keegan Mumba has given the clearest hint yet that he could return to manage a Zimbabwean team after falling out with his homeland federation, the Football Association of Zambia.

Mumba, who is currently in the country on holiday, was relieved of his duties as Zambian Under-20 coach for openly attacking and blaming Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard last year.

The outspoken gaffer criticised the attachment of Renard and his assistant Patrice Beumelle to the Under-20s, and claimed the Frenchmen were to blame for the Junior Chipolopolo’s 3-0 defeat to Mali in the African Youth Championships.

He was also handed a lengthy ban from taking charge at his club Zanaco in the Zambian Premiership.

“I have been doing well for the past four seasons but you are bound to create a lot of critics and friends at the same time,” Mumba told Daily News yesterday.

“I said what I said but I felt the ban was too harsh on me. My suspension ends on August 5 and my contract with Zanaco lapses at the end of the year. Then I would want to keep a distant from Zambia. I love Zimbabwean football and it’s not different from the Zambian game.”

Mumba, a popular figure during his tenure as coach of Zimbabwe’s most successful club Dynamos, however said he will only listen to favourable offers.

“If any club approach me, I am more than willing to come back and work here in Zimbabwe. I will look at the monetary side because I am well paid in Zambia. I just want to continue with my career.

“I don’t think I will be appreciated the same way in Zambia especially after the ban. Zimbabwe is my second home, not because of my frustrations, but it’s for the love of the game and people here.

“Football is a game full of frustrations. I feel Zimbabwe is part of me. I had a good relationship with people here from players, fans and most people involved in football. The point is I am happy in Zambia but I want out. I haven’t made a decision to engage any local team.”

Mumba, however, insisted that his visit to Zimbabwe was not a job hunting mission.

“I came here last Friday and I was invited by one of my friends here, Eugene Chembe. I am not here to discuss anything about football. I am only on holiday here and today (yesterday) I visited one of my friends, Wieslaw Graboski, at their training base at Hellenics Sports Club. I am keen on working outside Zambia next year and my preferably destination will be Zimbabwe, or maybe Botswana.”

Mumba, who coached Dynamos in 2003, left the club in 2004 with a year still to run on his contract and went on to sign for Black Rhinos.

The Zambian did not last long at Chauya Chipembere before crossing the Limpopo to join South African division nne side Zulu Royals.

He claimed he was not paid for the entire duration he was at the ambitious side, before joining Green Buffaloes in Zambia.

Mumba then joined Zanaco where he won two Premiership titles in 2011 1nd 2012.

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