Where is Shepherd Murape, Sunday Chidzambwa?

JOHANNESURG - Can anyone please help me trace Zimbabwean coaches Shepherd Murape and his former Dynamos centre back partner Sunday Chidzambwa.

Journalists here are on my case to find the two.

The last time I heard from the gangling Murape was a year and half ago. He had just returned from Namibia and was coaching some unknown club in Mpumalanga.

You know issues with small clubs. They pay you today and you don’t know when you will get your next salary. Murape is not the kind of man who likes living this type of life.

Despite his advanced age, he still lives on the fast lane and is always a man about town. One day he will tell you he has completely quit the brown bottle and the next people will tell you how sloshed he was the last time they saw him.

I am forced to go on a manhunt because even the most of top journos here are wondering what happened to the man who always provides them with quotable quotes and in most instances, leaves them in stitches because of his never-ending jokes.

For a man who has coached in almost every part of Mzansi and Namibia, going underground is something that has stunned the local journalism fraternity.

All those I ask say they have also tried phoning him on his mobile phone but are constantly met by a voicemail which does not give one an option to leave a message or even say whether the number still belongs to Murape.

One sports journalist hilariously said he had gone to one of Murape’s favourite watering holes but was conspicuous by his absence.

The idea of going back and settling back in Zimbabwe is definitely not on Murape’s radar. He has adapted to the Mzansi lifestyle and will find Zimbabwe too slow for his liking. So no one has ever bothered to put this option (of looking for him in Zim) into account.

This is the longest time Murape has gone underground. In the past, he would coach one team for three months and resurface at the next without a hint.

Talking of disappearance, I also am perplexed on what happened to Sunday Chidzambwa since his unceremonious sacking by Black Leopards.

The Venda-based team has since been relegated to the First Division and are finding life in the lower league as tough as ever.

Despite hiring Serbian coach Kosta Papic, Lidoda Duvha remains perched in the middle of the standings with little hope of gaining promotion into the elite league.

Lying low is something Chidzambwa is good at. He is reserved and hates the limelight. The way he left Leopards must have killed his self-esteem but don’t be surprised if he makes a welcome return to the Thohoyandou side.

That is how Sunday and Leopards have built a love-hate relationship. He will be hired just to take them back into the Premier League and once he takes them into the paid ranks, is relegated to the peripheries allowing other coaches to reap where they didn’t sow.

If anyone hears where the two gentlemen are, please give me a shout. Journalists here are looking for them high and low.

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Comments (2)

Murape is now coaching Ajax Capetown while Chidzambwa will soon be coaching Orlando Pirates. kikiki

Tichazovepi - 17 February 2014

Armando Ferreira lol...

Blaz - 17 February 2014

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