Mhofu faces axe

HARARE - ZPC Kariba coach Sunday “Mhofu” Chidzambwa is facing the chop unless he turns around the fortunes of the struggling Castle Lager Premiership side.

The Daily News understands the club’s executive is divided on whether they should stick or part ways with Chidzambwa, who joined the club only three months ago.

The former Dynamos and Zimbabwe national team coach was appointed in June to replace Saul Chaminuka, but results have evaded the respected gaffer.

Since taking over, Chidzambwa has taken charge of five league matches losing four and drawing once against newly-promoted Tsholotsho.

At the weekend, Chidzambwa looked set to get his second point only for Roderick Mutuma to score a last minute goal to hand Dynamos a 2-1 win at Rufaro Stadium. 

This poor run in the league has left ZPC in 12th place on the log with 16 points just one place off the last relegation slot.

Chidzambwa’s only win came in the Chibuku Super Cup first round when they knocked out CAPS United after a penalty shoot-out.

Another loss in tomorrow’s home match against Bulawayo side How Mine at Nyamhunga Stadium could spell disaster for Chidzambwa.

“All is not well in our camp. The coach is protected by some influential guys in the executive otherwise his days are numbered. If he loses his next match he could be on his way out. ,” a source told the Daily News yesterday.

“The thing is, some guys are asking the criteria used to sack Chaminuka. He was deemed a failure yet he had only lost one match but look now Sunday has lost four matches and the team is getting closer to the relegation zone with each passing game.

“The majority of the guys are not happy, seriously. We are going to have a meeting to discuss his fate. Remember the same thing happened last time when the majority of the executive members passed a vote of no confidence in him.

“He was even supposed to be handed an ultimatum but it was eventually swept under the carpet. But this time he will be lucky to survive. Unless something dramatic happens maybe if ZPC beat How Mine on Wednesday (tomorrow) that’s the only way he can save his job.”

Contacted for comment ZPC Kariba chairman Munyaradzi Nduna could not shed more light on the matter.

“I’m not aware of it. I have not been in touch with football matters for a month now. Maybe if you can check with Mai Chisveto (Fadzai). Get hold of her for finer details,” said Nduna.

Efforts to get a comment from ZPC Kariba spokesperson Fadzai Chisveto were unsuccessful as her phone was not reachable.

Comments (1)

Zimbabwean football clubs should do away with this habit of wanting short term results.Instead we need to build strong foundations at clubs by drafting long term objectives and employ coaches on long term projects not what is happening at the moment. The way things are being done,hiring a coach today and expecting good results tomorrow,uuuumm,i do not think our soccer is in good hands,no wonder why scorelines continue to decline after every match.Matches have become boring contests as standards deteriorate.

Madzibaba Joshua - 21 August 2015

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