Exodus looms at ZPC

HARARE - ZPC Kariba are likely to lose some of their star players like coveted defender Dennis Dauda following the sacking of coach Saul Chaminuka and his assistant Godfrey Tamirepi. 

Chaminuka and Tamirepi were relieved off their duties following Thursday’s morning training session.

The termination of the two coaches’ contract came following the 2-1 defeat to Harare City on Wednesday at Rufaro Stadium.

It was ZPC’s second defeat of the season after eight matches and left the side in 10th place on the log but it has not gone down well with the squad.

In the meantime, Paul Chimalizeni, who joined the club at the start of the season as team manager, has been appointed as caretaker coach.  

“To tell you the truth, we were lost for words when the coaches told us they had been fired after the training session on Thursday,” said a senior ZPC Kariba player, who declined to be named in fear of victimisation.

“It took us more than an hour to leave the training ground as we were still trying to come to terms with what has just happened.

“Losing mdara Sauro is a big blow for most of us and I don’t think come the midseason transfer window, I will carry on with the club.

“I would rather seek a transfer to go and play for a club like CAPS United where you know there is no money but at least you have a peace of mind.”

The fallout between Chaminuka and the ZPC Kariba management arose after the coach blamed the team’s indifferent start to the season due to the excessive travelling his players have to endure.

The club’s Nyamunga Stadium was deemed unfit to host Premiership matches last season meaning they have to travel almost 400km to Harare to play their home matches at Gwanzura Stadium.

Last season, when the club finished second on the log to Dynamos, the players were based in Harare for most of the season before they relocated to Kariba.

This season though, the travelling has already taken its toll on the squad as they were arriving stiff for matches.

As a result ZOC Kariba have been conceding early in the first half and struggling to get back in the match which is exactly what took place against Harare City on Wednesday.

Another senior player told the Daily News it was Chaminuka, who was the glue holding together the squad.

According to the player, a number of the squad members have been disoriented by their coaches’ sacking.

“A lot of things have been happening especially since moved to Kariba and many of us have not received our signing-on fees,” said the player.

“Now with the coaches gone, I don’t know whether we can soldier on because it seems the club is insincere to our plight.”

ZPC Kariba spokesperson Fadzai Chisveto, however, insisted that Chaminuka and Tamirepi were on ‘suspension’.

“We received communication from the executive committee that is in charge of the team and they said they have suspended the coaches,” she said.

“The executive committee said there are some issues they need to sort out with the coaches and I’m sure they know what they are doing.”

On the issue of players wanting to leave Chisveto said: “It’s too early and premature to think of what problems might arise in the future. Anyway according the executive committee, there is no final decision yet because the coaches are only suspended.”

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