Cha­pungu coach quits

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Love­more Zi­gara in Gweru

CHA­PUNGU coach John Nyikadzino re­port­edly threw in the towel on Mon­day, two days af­ter his side lost 0-1 to Caps United a re­sult which ef­fec­tively handed the ti­tle to the Green Ma­chine.

Nyikadzino had been the long­est serv­ing coach in the Premier­ship af­ter spend­ing three sea­sons with “Waru Waru” hav­ing guided them back into the topflight in 2013.

The vet­eran coach, who was one of the first gaffers to ob­tain a CAF A Li­cence, joined the air­men in 2011 when they were in the unfashionable First Di­vi­sion.

The Air Force of Zim­babwe side chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Chris-Levine Mukotekwa con­firmed the de­par­ture of Nyikadzino and wished the coach well in his fu­ture en­deav­ours.

“It is true that we have parted ways with him and as a club we also felt that with what we wanted to achieve and the time we had given him to prove him­self it was time to look else­where into our fu­ture,” said Mukotekwa.

“Let me has­ten to say the sep­a­ra­tion was mu­tual and we wish him well in his fu­ture en­deav­ours and for us we are now look­ing into the fu­ture so that we can get a coach who can give us the de­sired re­sults,” he added.

How­ever, sources within the club say Nyikadzino had got­ten wind of his im­pend­ing sack­ing and made the first move be­fore the club au­thor­i­ties could wield the axe on him.

In the just ended sea­son, Cha­pungu fin­ished fourth from bot­tom with 32 points af­ter the ex­ec­u­tive had given Nyikadzino a top eight fin­ish tar­get.

In the mean­time, Mukotekwa said Nyikadzino’s as­sis­tant Cle­ment Mu­gari will be the side’s in­terim coach un­til a sub­stan­tive gaffer is hired.

Some of the peo­ple tipped to re­place Nyikadzino in­clude for­mer coach In­no­cent Chogugudza, ex-Chicken Inn gaffer Mandla Mpofu, Tavaka Gumbo and God­frey Tamirepi.

Mukotekwa said they are in the process of con­tact­ing some of the coaches named above. — @ lavuzi­gara1

John Nyikadzino

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