HISTORY proves that very few great footballers went on to become great coaches after hanging up their boots.
Diego Maradona, considered by many to be the best footballer who ever drew breath, is a case in point.
Maradona dazzled the world with his exploits during his time at Italian club Napoli between 1984 and 1991 and single-handedly won the World Cup for his country in 1986. He was simply phenomenal.
With these credentials, Maradona was given the job to lead a star-studded Argentina team in the 2010 World Cup qualification campaign.
With the luxury of such big names as Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Javier Mascherano and Sergio Aguero at his disposal, the task looked simple. But the controversial Maradona needed a “hand of God” to guide
the South American giants
In Zimbabwe, the nearest you get to a Maradona is Moses Chunga.
This Zimbabwean football great is regarded as the best produced in his era.
But his famous ego, which is as big as the list of clubs he has coached, is constantly restrained by the stubborn reminder that his coaching career has been a near disaster.
He has moved from one club to another in pursuit of success, to no avail.
Now, that is all about to change.
On Sunday, a win by his Gunners club over rivals Dynamos will land him his maiden championship.
Harare-based Gunners are currently at the summit of the Premier Soccer League following their 2-0 win over outgoing champions Monomotapa at the weekend.
Gunners have amassed 55 points from 28 games with only two games to go.
Dynamos trail on 53 points from the same number of games.
“I can see light at the end of the tunnel now!” Chunga said in an interview with IndependentSport this week. “The Dynamos game will not be easy at all, but I’m confident my team will do it on Sunday.”
A Gunners win will take their tally to an unassailable 58 points.
Asked about his thoughts on the possibility of breaking his jinx at the expense of Dynamos — the club which made him — Chunga replied: “Dynamos blood runs in me so obviously one part of me will feel the pain. But that is what makes football what it is today. I wish I could change the situation but unfortunately I can’t.”
The permutations of the title destination will only be made easy by a Gunners win. Any other result and calculators will be drawn.
In the event of a draw or a Dynamos win, the race will go down to the wire.
If Dynamos win on Sunday but then proceed to lose their final match against bogey side Shooting Stars, and Gunners draw with improving Lengthens, the two teams will be tied on 56 points.
If it were to end like this, Dynamos would probably win the title with a superior goal difference.
But all is not well in the Dynamos camp.
Only a few weeks ago, the Glamour Boys had a healthy lead.
But the all-too-familiar boardroom fights have returned to haunt the Harare giants again.
First, they drew against CAPS United, which was followed by a costly defeat at the hands of Monomotapa. They have chalked!
Weekend Sports Diary
1600: Italy v South Africa — Udine
1630: England v New Zealand — London
English Premier League (Main Attraction):
1445: Liverpool v Man City — Anfield
1700: Burnely v Aston Villa — Turf Moor
1700: Chelsea v Wolves — Stamford Bridge
1700: Sunderland v Arsenal — Stadium of Light
1930: Man U v Everton — Old Trafford
Zim Domestic Cricket (Faithwear one-day series):
0930: Manicanand Mountaineers v Mashonaland Eagles — Mutare
0930: Matabeleland Tuskers v Midwest Rhinos — Bulawayo
1430: South Africa v England, first ODI (D/N) — Wanderers