Tutani quits Black Rhinos

HARARE - Arthur Tutani yesterday sensationally announced that he was stepping down as Black Rhinos coach following the army side’s 3-1 loss to Harare City in a Castle Premiership match here yesterday.

Tutani, who replaced Nesbert Saruchera as the Rhinos coach halfway through last season, said he is no longer able to stop Chauya Chipembere’s poor results.

Yesterday’s defeat was the army side’s sixth defeat in nine games and left them two places off the bottom of the log with a paltry seven points.

“To be honest gentlemen, I have had enough,” Tutani said addressing journalists after the match.

“I call it quits. A good coach is measured by results and if the team is not winning then it’s my fault. I am to blame for the defeats. I shoulder all the blame for the bad results because I am the one who is in charge.

“I have played my part and it’s time I handover the button to the next person. I have tried my best. I found it good to leave early so that the next person who comes can save the team.

“Rhinos is a big team. Last year we were in a similar position and not this time. I have had enough. I have lost too many games and somebody should come and help the team.”

Tutani revealed that he had made up his mind before yesterday’s match after consulting his family.

“I just confirmed it with my family and they told me ‘no dad you have tried’ and it’s time you call it quits,” said Tutani.

Efforts to get a comment from Black Rhinos secretary general Amos Svovanepasi proved fruitless by the time of going to press last night.

It is not yet clear whether the army side will allow Tutani to step down or they will try to convince him to stay longer.

While, Tutani was depressed and pondering his next move, it was a different story for Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi who was pleased with the result.

Mawiwi has been under pressure since the start of the season following a six-game losing streak but results seem to be now coming.

“I am happy with the boys. We have been working hard and did not panic that we were losing games. I can tell you that we will be up there. We are very confident we will be up there,” said Mawiwi.

The sunshine Boys got their goals through Nathan Ziwini, Martin Vengesai and Talent Chawapuhwa to compound Rhinos to their sixth defeat of the season.

The One Commando-based soldiers got their consolation goal from Milton Kureva late in the second half.

City enjoyed a lot of possession in the midfield and it was not a surprise when they surged ahead in the third minute when Ziwini tapped in from close range after Chawapihwa’s shot had struck the cross bar.

It took long for City to find the second goal as it eventually arrived in the 68th minute when Vengesai capitalised on some sloppy defending by the Rhinos’ backline.

Rhinos though they were back in the game when Kureva pulled one goal back two minutes before the end but there was no late comeback as Chawapihwa killed off the match as a contest right on the stroe of full time.

With yesterday’s, Harare City moved off the bottom of the log to 15th place with six points from nine matches.

Teams:

Harare City: Maxwell Nyamupanedengu, Munya Diro Nyenye, Tongai Chiworeso, David Kutyauripo, Arnold Chivheya, James Jam, WQilliam Manondo, Nathan Ziwini, Martin Vengesai, Osborne Mukuradare , Talent Chawapihwa

Black Rhinos: Jonathan Zvaita, James Mukombwe, Milton Kurewa, Shadreck Jimu, Bruce Homora, Douglous Mbewe, Brian Muzondiwa, Philip Marufu, Lot Chiunga, Lincoln Saramaya, Martin Mine

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