Chitembwe backs Jorum Muchambo

HARARE - CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe says the Green Machine would not have won the 2016 Castle Lager Premiership title without the contribution of goalkeeper Jorum Muchambo.

Makepekepe won their fifth Zimbabwe title after edging FC Platinum by two points to end an 11-year wait for league glory.

First choice keeper Edmore Sibanda, together with midfielder Devon Chafa, missed the first half of the season as he was struggling with injuries and only returned after he was registered for the second half of the season when the mid-season window transfer opened.

However, Muchambo has had a love-hate relationship with a section of the clubs’s fans who have made him a scapegoat after making a few mistakes in some high profile matches.

Makepekepe are currently working on finalising their 2017 squad ahead of the African Champions League deadline for registration on December 31, and the same fans are hoping the club off-load the former Chapungu and Monomotapa keeper.

Chitembwe, who made history by becoming the first person to win the league title both as a player and a coach with the Green Machine, has backed the under fire goalkeeper insisting he will not be going anywhere during this off season.

“Muchambo played 18 games and had 11 clean sheets. We also won 10 of those games ... then you just want me to wake up and say he is a bad goalkeeper with such statistics,” Chitembwe said.

“I’m really surprised and I think it will be better for me to leave CAPS United if Muchambo leaves. He is the reason why we were crowned champions after playing more than half of the games. ”

“...Sibanda is my first choice and Muchambo is my second choice. I will never off-load him and to me that is a non-event. He is an important member of my squad and he does not deserve the treatment he is getting,” he said.

“He has been abused by fans and at times I really wonder why they do that. He is hard working and disciplined and my plea to the fans is musamuvenge (don’t spite him). Even God himself would not love to see me off-loading Jorum.”

Makepekepe are also racing against time to beef up their squad ahead of the Caf deadline. The club is currently negotiating with Dynamos midfielders Brett Amidu and Dominic Mukandi. United are also chasing Triangle winger Marvin Gaki.  

Meanwhile, Makepekepe will honour their players at an awards gala to be held at a local hotel in the capital this evening.

Defenders Hardlife Zvirekwi and Ronald Pfumbidzai together with Leonard Tsipa will be the front runners for the main awards.

The trio were all voted among the 11 Castle Lager Soccer Stars of the Year at the end of the season with Zvirekwi going all the way to winning the top gong.

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