JUST when he thought he had jumped out of the controversy that had been part of his life at Dynamos and was probably set for success with Shabanie Mine, outspoken soccer coach Moses Chunga is fa
cing a double-edged sword.
Chunga has led Shabanie to a terrible slump of form that has sunk the club to lowly 12th position on the log, where the relegation axe is ominously hovering.
Controversy has been an embedded part of Chunga but still not enough to eclipse the hero status he has enjoyed since his days as the Warriors captain. Indeed, although during his flirtation with the Warriors Chunga failed to qualify for the African Nations Cup finals, the “Razorman” had sublime skills to catch everyone’s eye.
Add to that the magic he conjured up while donning the famous blue and white strip of Dynamos, and he became special.
Coaching stints with Dynamos, Arcadia, Hackney and Black Rhinos ended with very little to show for the highly regarded Chunga. But that did not impact negatively on his charisma and stature. He could still be touted by some critics as ripe for the Warriors’ coaching job.
However, the path Chunga has been traversing since going to Zvishavane has been full of thorns and looks likely to drag him into an abyss from which finding his way out could be an uphill task.
Chunga is facing a potentially disastrous future as he might end up being a villain in Zvishavane should he take the team which entered the top-flight league with so much hope and promise, into relegation. On the other hand, he could tarnish his image as a coach at a time he was wishing for the sun to rise on him by winning his first championship as a coach.
In his coaching career, Chunga has collected the Madison Trophy and Dairibord Charity Shield medals he won with Dynamos last year.
That was after Chunga’s controversial return to the Glamour Boys from a brief stint with Black Rhinos. He left the army side soon after attending a coaching course in the Netherlands, which saved him the embarrassment of being barred from sitting on the bench.
As if to always hog the limelight in controversial circumstances, Chunga this year stunned the soccer fraternity by signing for Shabanie. He attended the ceremony donning a Dynamos jersey.
Chunga’s future with Shabanie hinges on the remaining 10 league matches this season. That part of the journey starts this weekend with a home match against Sporting Lions.