Chapungu in disarray over Tapera

GWERU - Gweru-based Castle Premiership side Chapungu were left in disarray after the appointment of former Shabanie Mine coach as the club’s technical advisor.

This move did not go down well with the Thornhill Airbase community that felt Tapera would usurp the authority of head coach John Nyikadzino.

There were concerns that Tapera, who presided over Shabanie’s doomed campaign last season that led to their relegation, would not bring much value to Chapungu

The Chapungu executive was yesterday forced to call for an urgent meeting to diffuse the confusion regarding the latest appointment.

After the meeting the Chapungu executive clarified Tapera’s roles at the club and assured Nyikadzino that he will retain overall charge of the team.

The Chapungu bosses said Tapera, who is still employed by Zvishavane side FC Platinum, will not interfere with Nyikadzino’s methods but will only be there to advice when necessary.

Nyikadzino is considered a local hero by the Chapungu followers after guiding the side to winning promotion into the Castle Premiership by winning the Central Region Division One League in 2013.

Upon their return to the top flight last season, Chapungu under Nyikadzino had a campaign of mixed fortunes.

The Air Force of Zimbabwe side had a good first half of the season but in the second round things went pear-shaped as they batted against relegation.

Chapungu survived the chop by a whisker as they finished in 12th place just one spot above the relegation zone with 37 points.

The side were only saved by their superior goal difference of zero compared to 13th placed Black Rhinos’ -8.

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