Ngezi hunts for win­ning coach

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Don Makanyanga in Mhon­doro

Ngezi Plat­inum Stars …………0 Black Rhi­nos …………………..0

A SEA­SON that promised so much ended on a whim­per for Ngezi Plat­inum Stars yes­ter­day.

A de­feat to Black Rhi­nos at the Baobab summed up the home side’s 2018 Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League cam­paign.

Sub­sti­tute Al­lan Ga­hadzikwa scored a stop­page time win­ner for the vis­i­tors.

Ngezi are without a head coach hav­ing parted ways with Ton­derai Ndi­raya and the hunt for a new gaf­fer is al­ready in full throt­tle.

The plat­inum min­ers have al­ready drawn up a short­list and could an­nounce the man who will lead them in 2019 in a fort­night when they host their end of sea­son awards. projects. Cases of shoddy jobs like was the case with the so called re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Ru­faro Sta­dium and the Re­gion V games venues in Bu­l­awayo must never be re­peated or tol­er­ated.

“Win­ning in sport starts with be­ing able to iden­tify tal­ent at an early age but you can­not iden­tify tal­ent when you don’t have the fa­cil­i­ties for the young­sters to show what they have.

“Dozens if not thou­sands of swim­mers were born in Chi­tung­wiza between the time the Aquatic com­plex was built for the All Africa Games and this day but they were lost along the way be­cause the fa­cil­ity turned into a white ele­phant.”

The 35-year-old Sadomba, who was the

The Sun­day Mail Sport ex­clu­sively re­veals that the short­list fea­tures Harare City coach Mark Har­ri­son, High­landers men­tor Madinda Ndlovu, War­riors as­sis­tant coach Rah­man Gumbo and the cham­pi­onship win­ning pair of Joey An­tipas (Chicken Inn) and Lloyd Chitem­bwe (Caps United).

For­mer War­riors coach Ian Gorowa, who was present at the Baobab yes­ter­day, is also part of the short­list.

“What we are look­ing for is a proven win­ner, not just some­one who will prom­ise a lot and de­liver very lit­tle,” said a se­nior club of­fi­cial.

“Af­ter miss­ing out on the cham­pi­onship like we did this year, we be­lieve that get­ting some­one with a proven record of win­ning tro­phies on board will help us in at­tain­ing our 2011 Caf Cham­pi­ons League top goal scorer, said Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa made a “prophetic de­ci­sion” by cre­at­ing a Min­istry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Re­cre­ation.

“As some­one whose life was changed by sport, I know how bud­ding sports stars need coun­selling in ad­di­tion to good coach­ing. Hav­ing a min­istry that caters for both the youths and sport was prophetic be­cause that is ex­actly what we need at the mo­ment.

“While teach­ing the young­sters about sport was enough back in the day, th­ese days that will not suf­fice. There is ram­pant drug abuse even at the pro­fes­sional level and we need a com­bi­na­tion of youth and sport of­fi­cers to help nur­ture up­com­ing tal­ent,” he said. tar­get, which is the cham­pi­onship.

“The short­list is there and will soon be pre­sented to the board who will over­see in­ter­views and make their de­ci­sion.”

Club chair­man Jer­im­iah Ga­siteni chose to play his cards close to the chest but con­firmed that a sub­stan­tive coach will be an­nounced soon.

“We had a run of 14 games un­beaten, an im­proved sea­son from the last one. How­ever, we failed to dis­patch small teams as we should have done and that was our ma­jor down­fall this sea­son.

“We missed our tar­get, we aim to do bet­ter next sea­son and we will an­nounce the head coach soon,” said Ga­siteni.

Mean­while, in­terim Ngezi coach Clifton Kadurira watched in frus­tra­tion yes­ter­day as his team Team P WD L F A GD PTS FC Plat­inum 34 24 5 6 52 14 38 78 Ngezi Plat­inum 34 20 5 9 50 24 26 65 Chicken Inn 34 15 12 7 42 26 16 57 Tri­an­gle United 34 17 5 12 43 33 10 56 High­landers 34 14 9 11 34 30 4 51 Herentals 34 13 12 9 28 24 4 51 Caps United 34 12 12 10 34 30 4 48 Harare City 34 10 18 6 28 26 2 48 Black Rhi­nos 34 12 13 9 38 30 8 49 *ZPC Kariba 34 12 12 10 29 28 1 45 Dy­namos 34 10 12 12 28 37 -9 42 Yadah FC Stars 34 9 14 11 33 40 -7 40 Bu­l­awayo Chiefs 34 10 11 13 31 36 -4 41 Cha­pungu 34 9 12 13 27 34 -7 39 Nichrut 34 9 9 16 33 40 -7 36 Bu­l­awayo City 34 9 5 20 33 43 -10 32 Mutare City 34 5 8 21 24 55 -31 23 Sha­banie Mine 34 2 13 19 24 61 -37 19 *3 points de­ducted for us­ing an in­el­i­gi­ble player Rel­e­gated suf­fered an em­bar­rass­ing home de­feat.

Ngezi gifted Rhi­nos the win­ner when goal­keeper Nel­son Chadya failed to clear a God­knows Mur­wira back pass and gifted Ga­hadzikwa an early Christ­mas present.

Kadurira is not in the run­ning for the job and says he will stand guided by what the club’s bosses will de­cide.

Teams

Caps United 0-0 Cha­pungu Chicken Inn 1-1 Tri­an­gle Mutare City 0-2 Bu­l­awayo City Ngezi 0-1 Black Rhi­nos Nichrut 3-0 Dy­namos Sha­banie 0-4 Herentals Ya­hadh 1-1 Harare City ZPC 1-2 Bu­l­awayo Chiefs

Ngezi Plat­inum Stars: N Chadya, P Moyo, K Bu­laji, G Mur­wira, F Makarati, W Mukanga, M Charamba, M Mushonga (X Moyo 78) , D Te­guru ( T Mab­vura 60) , K Mur­era, S Nhivi,

Black Rhi­nos: H Ru­sawo, E Chigiji, F Banda, B Homora, P Mukombwe (M Kur­erwa 54), T Sibanda, W Kapinda, T Jar­a­vani, H Chimu­timun­zeve (A Ga­hadzikwa 87), W Tader­era, D Mu­dadi

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