City seek to remodel Zim football

HARARE - Harare City have adopted a European model of coaching, an approach the Sunshine Boys feel will not only lift the standards of football at the club but the country in general.

City yesterday unveiled a “star-studded” technical bench based on strong youth development, feeding into the first team. 

In the first team, new head coach Taurai Mangwiro will be assisted by defence coach Mkhuphali Masuku and attacking coach Mike Madzivanyika – who have both previously assisted him at CAPS United.

Witness Mnkhuli completes the first team bench as goalkeepers coach.

David George has been appointed director of junior development, where he will work with chief scout Masimba Dinyero and head of academy Elvis Chiweshe.

Harare City secretary Mathew Marara said the new structure has been put in place after realising that “without a strong junior development, it is not going to be possible for us to be sustainable. We are coping this model from Arsenal Football Club, which has a strong junior programme.

“Dinyero will be identifying talent. He will also be holding coaching clinics for teachers in the schools.

“Once Masimba identifies talent he gives the talent to Elvis Chiweshe, who runs the soccer academy. Chuchu (Chiweshe) prepares the youngsters for Harare City or any other team that maybe interested.

“If there are any requirements at Harare City the head coach Taurai Mangwiro will notify the director of junior development, David George, saying, for example, ‘I require a defender in six months.’ The structure of our coaching department is that of creating all-rounders. As time goes on we may move personnel from the junior team to the senior team and vice versa.

“In addition, we are going to be developing our coaches. We want our coaches to be the best in this country.

“By so doing, I think Zimbabwean football will only get better and better.”

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