Coach­less Chiefs crush ZRP Hwange

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

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.

The sec­ond half of the sea­son is likely to turn out to be @ZililoR

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