Harare City divided over Chunga

HARARE - The  Harare City executive is at odds on whether to give coach Moses Chunga a permanent contract at the end of the season.

Chunga, who replaced Taurai Mangwiro in June, has been working without a contract thus far and his leadership of the club has been met with different views by the Sunshine Boys’ hierarchy.

The Daily News understands a section of the City officials are prepared to give Chunga a long-term deal to take charge of the side and continue building his youthful side which has played some irresistible football in some matches.

On their day, Chunga’s Sunshine Boys can boss the opposition without breaking a sweat as evidenced by their 2-1 league win over FC Platinum at Rufaro Stadium earlier this month. 

However, there are other members of the Harare City executive, who have not been impressed by the former Warriors midfielders’ conduct and the team’s lack of consistency in the Castle Lager Premiership.

Since he started work on June 12, Chunga has presided over 18 league matches winning nine, drawing twice while losing seven times.

The former Dynamos coach has also led the Sunshine Boys into the semi-finals of the Chibuku Super Cup where they will meet FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium tomorrow.

It is their results in the league which has raised some concerns in the hierarchy of the team as sharp disagreements among the executive members, before Chunga’s appointment in June, are fuelling discordant tunes of what becomes the fate of the coach.

Sources privy to the goings-on disclosed that a meeting was convened in Victoria Falls before the team’s 2-1 away defeat to Hwange at the Colliery last weekend where the matter was put to vote.

Of the six executive members, five were present and three voted in favour of Chunga.

Sources, said after the defeat another meeting was also convened in the Colliery car park as those who are pushing for Chunga’s ouster were not happy with how the team performed on that particular day. 

As it stands, the Daily News understands Chunga is likely to get the contract as he enjoys the backing of City chairman Alois Masepe.

Efforts to get a comment from Masepe or Chunga proved fruitless by the time of going to press.

Comments (1)

Coaches need longer contracts, this habit of hiring and firing coaches is not good for our football.

Chirandu - 22 October 2016

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