'Nyamutsamba not fit for Cheetahs'

HARARE - Zambezi Cheetahs coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba is not qualified to hold the position according to a report on the state of local rugby compiled by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC).

This is despite Nyamutsamba recently leading the national Sevens side to qualification for the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens to be held in San Francisco, United States.

In a bid to unearth the problems bedevilling the local game shortly after the suspension of the Zimbabwe Rugby Union board led by president Nyararai Sibanda in August, the SRC commissioned a probe chaired by commissioner Clement Mukwasi and also included Titus Zvomuya (commissioner), John Falkenburg (commissioner), Charity Nyamayedenga and Gladys Chiyangwa.

The probe team held closed door face-to-face interviews, looked at literature reviews from media reports, reports by some of the suspended members, the current chief executive, general manager and written submissions.

Among the findings by the probe was that Nyamutsamba does not hold the necessary qualifications to lead the Zambezi Cheetahs.

“The Sevens coach is not adequately qualified to coach the national Cheetahs,” the 24-page SRC report said.

“He was appointed by the presidium without input from the director of rugby, as a result they got a person without appropriate rugby qualifications.”

According to the report, there was a total disregard of ZRU regulations when it came to picking coaches for the various national teams which created friction within the union.

“Director of rugby was never consulted on the appointments of technical teams and coaches,” the report said.

“This led to a complete breakdown of relationships and respect between national coaches and the director of rugby, thereby resulting in coaches not taking any instructions from the director of rugby.”

Nyamutsamba is one of the most successful coaches to have taken charge of the national Sevens side.

For several years he had learned the ropes as Cheetahs assistant coach to Liam Middleton until gaining promotion to be the head coach in 2011.

He is the only Zimbabwean coach to win the Hong Kong qualifier tournament and led the side to a 13th place finish at the Rugby Sevens World Cup in 2013.

In 2015, he briefly quit the national team to concentrate on his family and business before he bounced back in 2016.

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