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'Chitembwe is the best coach'

by Staff reporter
16 Jul 2020 at 07:44hrs | Views
WARRIORS assistant and Harare City Football Club coach Lloyd Chitembwe has been lauded by his former player, Ronald PFumbidzai, as one of the best coaches locally.

The pair worked together at Caps United in 2016, helping the Harare giants write a glorious piece of history of themselves by lifting the Premier Soccer League, ending 11 years of waiting on the sidelines.

The Green Machine, as Caps United are fondly known, went on to defy odds in the Caf Champions League the following season by reaching the lucrative mini league stage.

They knocked continental giants, including former Confederations of African Football (Caf) Champions League champions TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the process.

In the group stages, they recorded a stunning victory over another former champion and Egyptian giants Zamalek.

Caps United's gigantic performance in the African safari opened doors for some of the Makepekepe players, who were snapped up by foreign clubs.

One of those players is PFumbidzai, who was bought by South African club Bloemfontein Celtic in 2017.

He has been one of the standout performers for the club since then.

Reflecting on his time at Caps United and their unforgettable run in the Caf Champions League, PFumbidzai said he owes much of it to Chitembwe.

"Lloyd is one of the best coaches in the country," he said.

"He is the best in all aspects and is a great motivator. I have worked with a number of coaches, including those that took charge of the Warriors, but he is well up there. He reads the game well."

Chitembwe, regarded as a legend at Caps United, ditched the club last season to join Harare City, in a move that left the supporters stunned.

Caps were on the verge of winning the league championship when he crossed the floor to Harare City.

The club went on to lose the championship race to FC Platinum on the last day of the season.

"He could have won the title with Caps United had he not left for Harare City," reckons PFumbidzai.

"He knows his stuff," added the left back, who is currently back in Harare recuperating from an injury he sustained at his club last term.

Chitembwe's genius as a coach has also been recognised by the country's football governing body.

The Zimbabwe Football Association early this year appointed him into the senior national football team technical bench, where the 49-year-old former Zimbabwe international will assist Warriors coach Zdravko LogaruĊĦic.

They have been given a mandate to guide the Warriors to the 2022 Fifa World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations finals.

He has previously held the same position in the senior national football team.

The former midfielder is also credited for saving Harare City from relegation last season.

In addition to winning the league title as a player for Caps United, Chitembwe's impressive CV also includes playing for the Warriors at the 2006 Afcon finals in Egypt.

Source - newsday