DYNAMOS will not appoint a head coach for the forthcoming Buddie Premier Soccer League (PSL) championship, giving technical director Sunday Chidzambwa firm control of the team and the coaching
department, IndependentSport has been told.
Chidzambwa will be in overall charge of training sessions and team selection with the help of an assistant coach to be named soon.
In an interview with IndependentSport this week, Morrison Sifelani, chairman of the Dynamos executive and spokesman for the club’s founder members now at the helm of the popular Harare outfit, revealed the decision to give Chidzambwa full responsibility for the team for a second spell. Sifelani said his administration was working flat-out to restore the club’s faltering fortunes ahead of the new season. DeMbare have not won the league championship in seven years.
“He has (Chidzambwa) the full backing of the executive. He is a great coach and everyone has confidence in him,” said Sifelani.
Chidzambwa, the most successful coach in the history of the local premiership who won five titles with Dynamos, is currently overseeing the team’s pre-season training sessions in his capacity as technical director.
Former national team midfielder Calisto Pasuwa, who has been helping out with the coaching at DeMbare’s training sessions, is likely to stay in the technical department as Chidzambwa’s number two in a player/assistant coach role.
A former Dynamos and Zimbabwe captain, Chidzambwa’s coaching career reached its peak when he took the Warriors to their first ever Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia last year before resigning in a huff after differences with Zifa over the appointment of a technical director.
Meanwhile, Dynamos’ quest for glory this season got a boost with revelations that slick Zambian winger Clive Mwale, who left the club for South Africa last season, is on his way back after failing to get matches at lowly South African side Black Leopards. Sifelani said Mwale has already been issued with his international clearance and will join the rest of the team next week.
Defender Norman Togara, who was reported to have rejoined Masvingo United, is back at Dynamos, while Zambian striker Sandros Kumwenda was expected to sign his contract this week. Apart from former Zimbabwe Saints linkman Mtshumayeli Moyo, Dynamos have not made any major signings so far, but have acquired a number of junior players from lower divisions.
Sifelani said his team was hoping to win the title this season.
“We want to anchor ourselves as the leading club in the country again. So far preparations have gone according to plan. We have reached the tactic and teamwork stage and the turnout is pleasing. It has given us hope and courage that things will be a lot better this season,” Sifelani said.