Chidzambwa back on bench

Enock Muchinjo

SUNDAY Chidzambwa will now assume overall responsibility of coaching premier league side Dynamos in a panicky move by the club following their humiliating 0-5 drubbing by Motor Action in a Bud

die Premier Soccer League match at Rufaro Stadium last Sunday.


The latest development means that former national team coach Chidzambwa, who has been working as technical director at DeMbare since the off-season, will direct operations from the bench.


The Dynamos executive, led by chief executive and founder member Morrison Sifelani, has made the highly anticipated move to take away decision-making duties from head coach David George and his assistant July Sharara, whose technical and tactical shortcomings were exposed in the defeat by the log leaders last week.


There were calls this week by Dynamos supporters that Chidzambwa be reinstated as head coach for a second tenure after resigning from the team seven years ago.


However, Sifelani told IndependentSport this week that Chidzambwa has been in charge of the team from the beginning of the season, and that George and Sharara were only his assistants.


“He (Chidzambwa) was the coach from the onset. Regarding the issue of him sitting on the bench, those changes are going to be made earlier than you expect. He did not sit on the bench on Sunday because we wanted to assess the material that we have and see if these guys (George and Sharara) can do the job on their own. There have been a lot of complaints about the issue and we promise to rectify the situation,” said Sifelani.


Sifelani was reluctant to comment on the future of George and Sharara, but said he had discussed their roles with them this week.


On the quality of players at Dynamos, Sifelani swiftly admitted that most of the players at the popular Harare side were not up to scratch.


“I believe it is true. We do not have top-class players. But the situation is being controlled and we have got new faces that we believe will do the job,” said Sifelani.


Two new Zambian imports are likely to feature for Dynamos tomorrow, while Sandras Kumwenda is also back after his return to the club last week was foiled by an illness.


Chidzambwa could be back doing business from the touchline as early as tomorrow when Dynamos take on lowly Eiffel Wildcats in Kadoma in a match that DeMbare need to win to get their rebuilding exercise back on track.


In Mutare tomorrow, Dynamos’ conquerors last week, Motor Action, are favourites to romp past bottom-placed Bulawayo side Railstars. The Mighty Bulls should have little trouble beating a Railstars side that has lost the first three games of the season.


On Sunday, champions Caps United play their second game of the season against Lancashire Steel at Rufaro knowing that a win for them will send early shivers down the spines of their challengers for the title.


Former champions Highlanders will be in Gweru against promoted Chapungu. Pressure is mounting on Bosso from their fans to start winning matches after dropping four points in their last drawn two matches.


Buddie Premier Soccer League fixtures:

Saturday — Eiffel Wildcats v Dynamos (Rimuka), Motor Action v Railstars (Sakubva), Black Rhinos v Buymore (Rufaro).


Sunday — Caps United v Lancashire (Gwanzura), Chapungu v Highlanders (Ascot), Amazulu v Sundowns (Luveve), Monomotapa v Shabani (Rufaro), Masvingo v Hwange (Mucheke).