Mangwiro chooses peace

HARARE - Taurai Mangwiro opted for Harare City over champions Dynamos due to the “peace and tranquillity” that prevails at the Sunshine Boys, says the former CAPS United coach.

Mangwiro, who was linked with the vacant post at volatile record champions DeMbare, was unveiled by City yesterday together with the rest of the club’s technical staff ahead of the 2015 Castle Premiership season.

The former Monomotapa coach endured a love-hate relationship with Makepekepe fans, who harboured mistrust in the coach due to his DeMbare roots.

The relationship reached boiling point when a group of unruly Makepekepe fans almost manhandled Mangwiro following a goalless draw with How Mine at Rufaro Stadium in September.

Mangwiro was also often left frustrated by constant player strikes over non-payment of salaries and bonus. 

On several occasions, the 49-year-old coach had to make late night calls to most of his players to persuade them to turn up for matches.

Influential midfielder Hardlife Zvirekwi pulled out of the trip to Gweru to face Chapungu on the 11th while chaos also ensued before the Green Machine travelled to face Triangle and Bantu Rovers.

The Green Machine subsequently failed to collect maximum points on all these three trips, which effectively derailed their title charge.

Despite all the off-field distractions, Mangwiro guided Makepekepe to a third place finish behind champions DeMbare and ZPC Kariba.

The money problems and clash with fans at CAPS took toll on Mangwiro, who tendered in his resignation last Friday, leading to his appointment by City at a time many expected him to replace Calisto Pasuwa at DeMbare – a club he also represented as a player.

But with Dynamos itself often rocked by the same problems CAPS face, Mangwiro opted for security at a more stable club where he can be allowed to settle and impose himself.    

“I would want to respond by saying that it’s not a matter of money as such,” Mangwiro responded when asked about the decision to choose City over DeMbare.

“If there was a log in which a team with peace and tranquillity would win the league, I thought Harare City will win it.

“I would also like to think that I deserve to be at a club where there is peace. You saw the turbulence during the last campaign. I wouldn’t want to take anything away from CAPS United, get me right there, but it was there for everyone to see.”

Mangwiro will be assisted by defence coach Mkhuphali Masuku and offensive coach Mike Madzivanyika with Witness Mnkhuli coming in as goalkeepers coach in a European-like coaching structure.

In a big technical department, David George will be head of the Sunshine Boys’ development programme, where he will work together with head scout Masimba Dinyero, academy coach Elvis Chiweshe and junior goalkeepers trainer Richard Tswatswa.

Mangwiro’s target for next season is to see that City, who survived relegation on the last day of the Castle Premiership, compete and at least finish in the top six in 2015.       

“This is a big challenge and I would like to think Harare City lost the championship on goal difference just last year and this year it was an indifferent year,” he said.

“It was not the best of outings but I do believe with the guys that I have enrolled in my technical team we will work hard and I don’t see us failing.

“What I don’t want is to promise people heaven on earth, but at the same time I believe we have what it takes to put the team where it belongs.”

It’s a rare technical structure in Zimbabwean football, and Mangwiro is looking forward to the task at hand despite fear of insubordination and duplication of duties in some quarters.

Mangwiro allayed the fears.

“I would like to point it out straight away that I’m not one who would feel threatened,” he said. “When I look at my colleagues here, I look at them as colleagues and not coaches who are in competition.

“That’s a very critical area, an area where we need to have the right personnel in place. If we get it right at junior level...we don’t want the practice of year in year out we go on the market rather than groom our own players.”

Comments (2)

mangwiro masuku dinyero chuchu madzivanyika david george tswatwa 7 coaches this is a circus i tell a team of coaches where on earth tell me

sure - 12 December 2014

mangwiro masuku dinyero chuchu madzivanyika david george tswatwa 7 coaches this is a circus i tell a team of coaches where on earth tell me

sure - 12 December 2014

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