Chaminuka axing a kick in the teeth

HARARE - The sacking of Saul Chaminuka by ZPC Kariba management, five months after guiding the club to a second finish in the topflight league, is a kick in the teeth to local football in general.

This is a bolt from the blue that should not have been allowed to strike the club which has shown that it has not lost its football sparkle despite gruelling travelling which explains its recent indifferent results.

ZPC Kariba, since last year, have been playing their games away from the resort town as a result of upgrading works at its Nyamhunga Stadium.

But unlike last year, where the team at times camped a lot in Harare, this time the club has been training in Kariba and travelling to fulfill home matches in Harare and away matches from the capital, in often energy sapping journeys.

This taxing travelling has been the reason why the club has been conceding early in the first 15 minutes of their games, due to fatigue.

It is surprising that the ZPC Kariba management wielded the axe on Chaminuka and his assistant Godfrey Tamirepi, without interrogating the mitigating factors to the team’s inconsistent performances.

In any case, ZPC Kariba are not fighting relegation even in this young season but are placed 10th – nine points off the leaders, Chicken Inn.

In this regard, the ZPC Kariba hierarchy should have given Chaminuka more time to turn around the fortunes of the club.

In England, there is a lot of debate surrounding Newcastle manager John Carver, who has only won two matches in the 16 Premiership games he has taken charge of.

At the moment, the Magpies are on an eight-match losing streak but the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has continued to back his manager.

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