Coaches slam irate fans

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association of Zimbabwe (Zisca) has spoken out against the persecution of coaches by supporters.

Last weekend, CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro was confronted by rowdy Makepekepe fans, who were baying for his blood, following the 0-0 draw with How Mine at Rufaro Stadium.

Police has to use force to disperse the unruly fans as they threatened to turn violent to force Mangwiro’s resignation.

Barely 24 hours earlier, Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu was also verbally abused by a section of the club’s fans following the Bulawayo giants’ 1-0 loss at the hands of Harare City at the same venue.

It is under this background that Zisca president Bheki Nyoni has called upon club bosses to act against errant fans.

“The problem at CAPS is that there is a clique of supporters who seem to be more powerful than the club’s executive,’ Nyoni told the Daily News yesterday.

“It is the same clique that created a lot of trouble for previous coaches like Charles Mhlauri, Moses Chunga, Luke Masomere, Lloyd Chitembwe and Maxwell Takaendesa Jongwe.

“The CAPS executive must put their foot on the ground and act against these supporters who are trying to control the club.”

Nyoni urged club bosses to create communication channels with supporters to create a platform where their grievances can be heard in a less emotional atmosphere.

“What should be happening is that the executive and the supporters should be sitting down in a more conducive environment to discuss all these issues,’ he said.

“The executive must educate their fans on the goals they have set for the coaches and the players so that we don’t have a situation where supporters are over-ambitious than the club.

“As long as the supporters know the club’s ambitions I do not think they will put the coaches under any unnecessary pressure.”

Nyoni also called on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to act heavily against clubs like CAPS in order to protect the coaches before the situation gets out of hand.

“The PSL have to come down hard on CAPS after this incident and I’m sure the club will take all steps to ensure that their fans behave during and after matches,” he said.

“Coaches at all PSL clubs are doing an tremendous job under difficult circumstances and at CAPS I think Mangwiro and his technical team have done well in a tough environment.”

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