Chitembwe shrugs off bad boy tag

HARARE - Lloyd Chitembwe shrugged off the bad boy tag and showed lots of maturity by apologising for coming late to the post-match media briefing after CAPS United’s nil-all draw with Herentals at Rufaro Stadium over the weekend.

Could it be a sign of changing times or pressure creeping in for Chitembwe as the gaffer who has been notorious for bunking press briefings in the past came and apologised to the scribes for coming late for the post-match interviews.

It was ironic that Chitembwe said he was not aware of the mandatory press briefings yet he was in the same room just a week earlier when his team beat Black Rhinos 1-0.

“Firstly, I would like to apologise. I was not even aware; I didn’t have any clue that we were to meet for the routine press briefing.

“But all the same the good thing is I’m here and I’m just here to answer all your questions,” said Chitembwe.

It seems the shadow of yesteryear when he was still a player has always followed him with many describing him as a short-fused gaffer who is very difficult to get along with.

And with scribes making their way from the press box after waiting for longer periods with Chitembwe in no show, he met the scribes on their way out downstairs and proceeded to the media room for the briefing.

Chitembwe got a three-match ban for spitting at referee Wallace Zimunya during a premiership match against perennial rivals Dynamos in 2002.

In May 2004 he was involved in a scuffle with supporters at Callies Sports Club.

But all this bad patch looks to be a thing of the past now if his apology last weekend is anything to go by.

After playing to a goalless draw with Herentals on Saturday, CAPS will, tomorrow, host Triangle who edged Yadah 2-1 in their last match.

“…we also had planned that we were going to try and make the pitch as big as possible so that we can be able to possess that ball and that eventually we were going to be able to create scoring opportunities,” Chitembwe said after the draw against Herentals.

“Unfortunately we didn’t do that well today which is a very disappointing thing. We just have to go back in training and work on these things.

“One thing which is very disappointing is inconsistency and I’m sure even the players do share the same feeling. It’s important to reproduce the kind of form that we produced last week (in the 1-0 win against Black Rhinos), it’s very important especially for a team of our stature today things did not go our way.”

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