Mutasa is ours – Zimondi

HARARE - Zimbabwe Prisons Correctional Services (ZPCS) Commissioner General Paradzai Zimondi says the club will not release Lloyd Mutasa to coach Premiership side CAPS United next season.

Although Mutasa’s roots are at Dynamos, he has, however, emerged as a serious candidate for the Makepekepe hot seat following the resignation of Taurai Mangwiro earlier this month.

The Makepekepe bosses are reportedly interested in the former FC Platinum coach’s services due to his impressive record against Dynamos.

In his coaching career, Mutasa only lost once to the Glamour Boys when Ocean Mushure scored a contentious spot kick to give DeMbare a 1-0 win over Platinum back in May this year.

However, speaking in Harare at the celebration ceremony to mark the promotion of ZPCS sides Flame Lilly and Whawha into the Castle Premiership for 2015, Zimondi said they will dig in on Mutasa.

The former Dynamos midfielder and coach is still employed by the ZPCS in their sports department.

“I read in the paper the other day that Lloyd Mutasa is going to CAPS United. Lloyd is an employee of the Zimbabwe Prisons Correctional Services,” Zimondi said yesterday.

“I don’t know whether he is going to CAPS or not but wherever he wants to go, he has to get my authority. He hasn’t approached us yet. Now with the two teams we now have in the Premier League we have to see.”

Zimondi’s proclamation is likely to sway CAPS’ attention from Mutasa, who the Green Machine have made their prime target for the vacant coaching post.

Flame Lilly were under the guidance of former Black Rhinos coach Nesbert Saruchera, who was assisted by Masimba Mutame. They won the World Navi Northern Region Division One championship ahead of Gunners to be promoted.

ZPCS and Saruchera are still in negotiations as his contract runs out at the end of this month.

There are indications that the Black Rhinos hierarchy is likely to recall Saruchera back to the army side, which will open the door for Mutasa to take over at Flame Lilly.

Whahwa were coached by former Zimbabwe international striker Luke Petros Jukilele, who is a ZPCS employee.

There are likely to be any changes in the Whawha technical team set up where Jukilele and his staff will continue leading the team in the top-flight league.

Meanwhile, Zimondi also cleared the air regarding the future of the two sides by stating that the ZPCS will continue bankrolling their campaigns in the Premiership.

“I would like to demystify the rumours that have been going around in the media that the Zimbabwe Prisons Correctional Services is intending to sell the franchise of one of these two teams. No, we are not doing that,” he said.

“I would like to make it clear that no franchise is going to be sold hence the two teams are going to operate autonomously.

“Accordingly, the Service is going to try its level best to ensuring that you get the necessary support to guarantee your participation in the campaign.”

Speaking at the same function, BancEASY managing director Desmond Ali said the BankABC subsidiary will continue to support Flame Lilly in the top flight.

The financial institution already sponsors fellow Premierships sides Dynamos, Highlanders and Chapungu.

“We are very happy that Flame Lilly was promoted because it took a lot of hard work,” he said.

“We are very impressed with what happened and we are going to continue sponsoring Flame Lilly.

“We are going to put it in writing and this sponsorship is going to be there for a very long time to come.

“So you might hear that we have stopped sponsoring Dynamos because of Flame Lilly.”

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