Talen Vi­sion hire Slo­vak coach

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

AM­BI­TIOUS Bu­l­awayo-based South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One League side Talen Vi­sion have bol­stered their tech­ni­cal team by hir­ing Slo­vakian coach Julius Si­mon as tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor.

Si­mon fills the gap left by na­tional team as­sis­tant coach Saul Chaminuka, who is now coach­ing in Swazi­land.

Si­mon will over­see Talen Vi­sion’s first team and is also re­quired to draft pro­grammes for the club’s de­vel­op­ment sides.

The 55-year-old was capped 24 times by Slo­vakia dur­ing his play­ing days, scor­ing six goals be­fore hang­ing his boots in 2010 at SC Columbia in Aus­tria where he had spent three sea­sons.

Not much in­for­ma­tion is avail­able about Si­mon’s coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, but ac­cord­ing to Talen Vi­sion, the Slo­vakian sub­mit­ted a CV in­di­cat­ing that he is a de­vel­op­ment coach, who once took charge of the Slo­vakia Un­der-18 side.

Talen Vi­sion also said Si­mon is a holder of the Uefa B Li­cence.

Talen Vi­sion chair­man Otrick Siz­iba con­firmed that they had hired Si­mon and the club was in the process of ac­quir­ing a work per­mit for the Slo­vak.

“We went for Si­mon to get an­other di­men­sion for our foot­ball. This doesn’t mean we will be part­ing ways with the coaches we have, but we want them to learn from him and im­prove their skills as well. He will start work af­ter get­ting his per­mit, which we hope should be out soon,” said Siz­iba.

Si­mon will this af­ter­noon watch Talen Vi­sion’s tricky en­counter against cham­pi­onship favourites Bantu Rovers at White City Sta­dium.

Talen Vi­sion are presently 10th on the league ta­ble with 23 points, a mas­sive 21 points be­hind Rovers, who sit at the top af­ter 19 rounds of matches.

Both sides will be look­ing to bounce back from losses suf­fered in last week­end’s games. Rovers lost 0-1 to sec­ond-placed Bu­l­awayo Chiefs, while Talen Vi­sion were felled 0-2 by ZRP Bu­l­awayo.

In to­day’s clash, Talen Vi­sion will be hop­ing that their 21-year-old mid­field­ers Mbekezeli Sibanda, Njabulo Mpofu, Michael Bhebhe, striker God­knows Sibanda and goal­keeper Wandile Ndlovu, who is on loan from Chicken Inn, will re­dis­cover the form that saw then shock­ing sec­ond-placed Chiefs about a fort­night ago.

They also have the mid­fielder duo of Hil­lary Madzi­vanyika and Si­mon Njeleza, who have Pre­mier­ship ex­pe­ri­ence.

Rovers will be de­pend­ing on de­fender Lin­de­lani Ncube, mid­field­ers Zepha­niah Ngodzo and Den­zel Khu­malo, as well as strik­ers Bukhosi Sibanda and For­tune Nko­mazana.

Chiefs are at home to ZRP Hwange at Lu­veve and third­placed Ama­ga­gasi en­ter­tain Tech­no­sphere to­mor­row. – @ZililoR

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