Rovers fire Kachara

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“The for­mer as­sis­tant coach Kennedy Kachara has been re­lieved of his du­ties. The ex­ec­u­tive would like to state cat­e­gor­i­cally clear that the blitz on the tech­ni­cal de­part­ment is on­go­ing as we strive to bring san­ity within the game of foot­ball,” reads the part of the state­ment re­leased by the club.

POWER strug­gles rip­ping Mutare City Rovers apart have claimed their first ca­su­alty fol­low­ing the sack­ing of Kennedy Kachara — who was the as­sis­tant coach, but of­fi­cially dis­guised as the kit man­ager — fol­low­ing his ac­ri­mo­nious fall­out with head coach Shadreck Takaringofa and cul­mi­nated in the team’s poor start.

The Post Sport has learnt that Kachara, who last sea­son lead Mutare City Rovers from the East­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One into the premier­ship, was the se­cond in com­mand and the de­ci­sion to have him listed as the team’s kit man­ager on of­fi­cial match day team sheets was a de­lib­er­ate ploy to al­low him to sit on the bench and com­mand the troops since he does not have the req­ui­site CAF A qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Im­pec­ca­ble sources at City Rovers said Kachara and Takaringofa were not in good books and their ac­ri­mo­nious re­la­tion­ship was cost­ing the team.

It is un­der­stood after be­ing fed up with the power strug­gles pit­ting the two gaffers, the Mutare City Rovers ex­ec­u­tive de­lib­er­ated and reached the con­clu­sion to side with Takaringofa and sac­ri­fice Kachara.

“The two were not in good books. Kachara wanted to be con­sid­ered as the head coach since he was the one who led the team from Divi­sion One back to the Pre­mier Soc­cer League.

“There was no co­he­sion as Kachara had his own set of play­ers that he wanted to be in the first line-up while Shabba pre­ferred his own. This cre­ated an un­work­able sit­u­a­tion, and it was Kachara who was sac­ri­ficed and re­placed by Ndega Mat­sika, who was the goal keep­ers coach,” said the source.

Mutare City Rovers spokesper­son Clay­ton Masekesa ac­knowl­edged the fric­tion be­tween the two coaches.

“There was a lot of fric­tion in terms of ex­e­cu­tion of duty in­volv­ing Kachara and mem­bers of the tech­ni­cal bench, in­clud­ing the head coach Takaringofa. The ex­ec­u­tive then re­solved to re­lieve Kachara of his du­ties,” said Masekesa.

A state­ment re­leased by the club on Tues­day evening let the cat out of the bag when Masekesa re­ferred to Kachara as the “as­sis­tant coach”.

This con­firmed prior spec­u­la­tion that Kachara was a de-facto mem­ber of the tech­ni­cal team though he was not the holder the re­quired CAF A qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“Fol­low­ing two marathon meet­ings held at Mutare City Rovers FC on 7th and 8th May 2018, aimed at dis­cussing and find­ing pos­si­ble so­lu­tions to the poor per­for­mance of the team, and hav­ing in­ter­viewed all the seven tech­ni­cal mem­bers in re­gard of the un­con­vinc­ing and un­ac­cept­able re­sults, the full ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee has re­solved to make the fol­low­ing amend­ments within the tech­ni­cal de­part­ment with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

The new set up is as fol­lows:

Head coach: Joseph Takaringofa As­sis­tant coach: Ndega Mat­sika Team man­ager: Lyn­don Kanyemba “The for­mer as­sis­tant coach Kennedy Kachara has been re­lieved of his du­ties.

“The ex­ec­u­tive would like to state cat­e­gor­i­cally clear that the blitz on the tech­ni­cal de­part­ment is on­go­ing as we strive to bring san­ity within the game of foot­ball,” reads the part of the state­ment re­leased by the club.

Mutare City Rovers are cur­rently bot­tom of the log with six points out of a pos­si­ble 30.

Gusha Bhora will be on the road to Nyamhunga sta­dium for a date with ZPC Kariba.

Mutare City Rover was held to a one-all draw with Black Rhi­nos in a league match played at Ven­gere Sta­dium on Sun­day.

Kachara was lit­er­ally in charge of the tech­ni­cal area, bark­ing in­struc­tions from the touch­line when the home side took an early lead in the first half through Khum­bu­lani Njovo.

The vis­i­tors were more de­ter­mined in the se­cond half and lev­elled the ar­rears though a well timed and ex­e­cuted Welling­ton Tader­era strike.

SENT PACK­ING . . . Kennedy Kachara

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