Chidzambwa the main man

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ed­die Chikamhi

THE ter­rain may not have been easy for leg­endary coach Sun­day Chidzambwa when he re­turned to the do­mes­tic game fol­low­ing a 16-year ab­sence but there is a lot to smile about for the for­mer War­riors gaffer af­ter he was named the Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier­ship Coach of the Month for Au­gust.

Chidzambwa, who joined ZPC Kariba last sea­son, was yesterday ec­static to learn he had scooped the ac­co­lade fol­low­ing a con­sis­tent run of good re­sults which yielded 10 points from five games.

He could have faced stiff chal­lenge from Harare City’s Moses Chunga who picked nine points dur­ing the same pe­riod.

Caps United’s Lloyd Chitem­bwe was also close with eight points. Hwange for­ward Gift Mb­weti, a joint win­ner in July, re­turned to the podium for the suc­ces­sive month af­ter he was named the best player.

Chidzambwa, who is the most suc­cess­ful coach in Zim­babwe, was happy with the award. “First of all, I would like to thank those who voted for recog­nis­ing our per­for­mances as a team. I am also grate­ful to the tech­ni­cal team whom I work with, the man­age­ment, the team ex­ec­u­tive, the play­ers and the sup­port­ers who have fol­lowed us ev­ery­where we played.

“Gen­er­ally, I am thrilled and hon­oured that my ef­forts as a coach are also be­ing recog­nised. But I think we worked hard as a team for those re­sults con­sid­er­ing that we were coming from a rough patch stretch­ing about eight games in the pre­vi­ous games.

“So I would like to con­grat­u­late my boys, they re­sponded pos­i­tively and man­aged to stitch to­gether three wins in suc­ces­sion. It was not an easy thing for them,” said Chidzambwa.

How­ever, ZPC Kariba are sit­ting fourth on the log stand­ings with 35 points.

Chidzambwa’s side took ad­van­tage of the fal­ter­ing by the lead­ing pack in the last month to keep within a shout­ing dis­tance in the race.

They had started the sea­son brightly but they ex­pe­ri­enced a dip in form along the way. ZPC Kariba are now nine points off the pace be­hind lead­ers FC Platinum, Caps United and High­landers with eight games re­main­ing in the sea­son.

“As I said, we had a rough patch and I think that’s where we lost it. It was un­for­tu­nate, had we done well in those eight or so games we could be com­pet­ing with the top teams right now. But it’s foot­ball. Next time we all now know that you don’t need to slacken. Just try and pick a point or so every time,” said Chidzambwa.

ZPC Kariba are un­beaten in their last five games and they held lead­ers FC Platinum to a goal­less draw in their pre­vi­ous as­sign­ment.

They travel to Hwange for their next match. “Hwange are not an easy team to play es­pe­cially at their back­yard. But we will go there to fight for points. We just hope for a pos­i­tive re­sult.”

Hwange may have strug­gled in the bot­tom half of the ta­ble but their striker Mb­weti, who is also the cur­rent Pre­mier­ship’s Top Goal Scorer, has been in fine form.

This will be his sec­ond in­di­vid­ual ac­co­lade af­ter he was named to­gether with and Ngezi Platinum’s James Ngu­luve and Rod­well Chinyengetere of FC Platinum for the July Player of the Month.

Mb­weti has eight goals to his name but he will not be able to add to his tally to­mor­row when the coal min­ers travel to Chicken Inn be­cause of sus­pen­sion.

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