Coachless Chiefs crush ZRP Hwange
COACHLESS Bulawayo Chiefs hammered ZRP Hwange 3-0 in a Zifa Southern Region Division One League match in the coal mining town on Saturday.
Chiefs fired coach Anzilom Ndlovu and his technical team consisting of assistant coach Nkosiyazi Ncube and Joseph Museve before their trip to Hwange.
Playing under the supervision of welfare manager Farai Sibanda, Chiefs got their goals from Stanley Ngara and a brace by Proud Zireni.
Chiefs director Lovemore Sibanda confirmed firing the technical team and praised his players for beating ZRP Hwange.
The midweek 0-0 draw with Casmyn was the final straw and Sibanda felt Ndlovu, who had taken over from Thulani Sibanda, had to go.
“I decided to relieve the technical team on Friday before the team left for Hwange. When results aren’t coming and you fail to recognise the style or system that the team uses, then there’s no need to keep the coaches. We’ve a good, balanced side and the boys showed great character by winning away without a coach and I’m happy. I will be appointing a coach soon,” said Sibanda.
“I want a coach who understands my vision and will also have control of the team. There is a problem when you have young players being offloaded and you begin to ask yourself, if we do away with youngsters that are the future of the club, then where are we going?
“I think we’re now out of the title race and whoever comes in will have a responsibility of identifying players we will use for next season’s campaign,” said Sibanda.
Following the weekend win, Chiefs moved from fourth into third place with 31 points. They trail log leaders Bantu Rovers by six points. Rovers beat Casmyn 1-0 in Turk Mine on Saturday.
Rovers’ solitary goal came from Lucky Ndlela. The former Premiership side will start the second half of the season enjoying a four-point lead over second-placed Amagagasi, who are on 33 points and were inactive at the weekend.
It seems home teams were on the losing side at the weekend, as Technosphere beat Victoria Falls Tigers 1-0 to move two places up the ladder from position seventh to fifth.
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