Byo Chiefs reap­point coach

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

THULANI Sibanda has re­joined am­bi­tious South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League club Bu­l­awayo Chiefs barely four months af­ter leav­ing them for Cas­tle Lager Premier­ship cham­pi­ons Chicken Inn as as­sis­tant to Rah­man Gumbo.

Sibanda, who won Re­gion Di­vi­sion One ti­tles with Que­la­ton and Bu­l­awayo in 2014, be­gins his sec­ond spell an away match Hwange Un­der-20 at the Col­liery on Satur­day. two South­ern League in 2011 Chiefs

with against A holder of a Scot­tish C coach­ing li­cence, Sibanda quit Chicken Inn last week, say­ing fail­ure to at­tain the club’s tar­get had forced him to throw in the towel. He had the same targets as Gumbo, that is to collect 20 points from 10 games, but they amassed 15 points. Chiefs’ di­rec­tor Love­more Sibanda be­lieves Thulani will bring sta­bil­ity to the team and as­sem­ble a squad that will chal­lenge for hon­ours next sea­son. “Thulani Sibanda is back at Bu­l­awayo Chiefs. “This is his home and he un­der­stands the vi­sion of this project. “It is my hope that he will use the ex­pe­ri­ence he got at Chicken Inn to im­prove our club. “I want to be re­al­is­tic, sta­tis­ti­cally we’re out of the cham­pi­onship race and it will be folly to de­mand the title when we’re six points be­hind the lead­ers Bantu Rovers. What I want is to see us build­ing a strong foun­da­tion for next sea­son and try to get these play­ers back to their early sea­son form,” said Sibanda. When Thulani left Chiefs in May, they were sec­ond on the ta­ble with 13 points from five games, two be­hind then lead­ers Ama­ga­gasi of Vic­to­ria Falls. Thulani takes over from his for­mer as­sis­tant Anzilom Ndlovu, who was fired along­side goal­keep­ers’ coach Nkosiyazi Ncube and Joseph Mu­seve on the eve of their Week 15 away trip to ZRP Hwange. Chiefs beat ZRP Hwange 3-0 un­der the su­per­vi­sion of wel­fare man­ager Farai Sibanda. Thulani, who is away with the ZRP Bu­l­awayo soc­cer team com­pet­ing at the Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral’s Gala in Harare, said he was ready for the Chiefs chal­lenge.

He tipped Rovers and Ama­ga­gasi as favourites for the title.

“A six-point gap may look small, but in foot­ball that’s big and when the Chiefs di­rec­tor told me that they want me back and said we’re not look­ing at the cham­pi­onship, I didn’t think twice.

I think Rovers and Ama­ga­gasi are bet­ter placed for the cham­pi­onship race as their play­ers un­der­stand their coaches’ philoso­phies.

I’m ex­cited to be back and look­ing for­ward to the sec­ond half of the sea­son,” said Thulani. - @ZililoR

Thulani Sibanda

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