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Moses Chunga takes over Harare City

by Eddie Chikamhi
31 May 2016 at 07:08hrs | Views
HARARE City chairman Alois Masepe yesterday said they settled for Moses Chunga to replace Taurai Mangwiro as their head coach because they believe the former Zimbabwe international has passion for positive football. Chunga was confirmed as the new coach of the Sunshine Boys yesterday following the sacking of Mangwiro who had performed below the expectations of his bosses.

Masepe yesterday told The Herald that they believe Chunga was the right person to turn around the fortunes of the club after they had made a slow start this year. "He has passion for good football, has a vision and is blessed with the ability to pick out talent from a young age and to gel the players.

"Chunga is a very good football person. He might have his weaknesses, just like anyone else, but the positives about him being a football person far outweigh everything else," said Masepe.

Chunga begins work immediately and will get his tenure underway with an away assignment to Ngezi Platinum in their next game.

Mangwiro was tasked to lead the side to a top three position this year but after eight games the side is lying on 10th position with nine points.

They are 11 points behind log leaders FC Platinum.There was a consensus within the club's executive that their targets will not be met with the way the team was playing.

The City Fathers yesterday said they had run out of patience with Mangwiro as he had failed to justify their investment into football after buying some of the best talents available during the pre-season.

"Mangwiro's target was third place finish but with the way things were going we didn't think he could make it.

"With nine points from eight games, his success rate was just over 30 percent, which is not good enough.

"Not to say that he is a bad coach, we had assembled what looks like a winning team.

We have some of the best players and with their experience and potential one would think the team would be doing wonders but it looks like it was taking too long to settle yet we don't have that much time.

"The more you don't win games the more the boys lose confidence. We didn't want to end up fighting relegation this season considering the material we have at our disposal.

"So we have not revised the top three target. We believe it's still achievable because there are still more games to be played in the season and hopefully we will pick up more points as we turn the corner," said Masepe.

The decision to part ways with Mangwiro was reached after a crisis meeting at Town House which was also attended by the coach.

Mangwiro, who signed a three-year contract when joining the club last season, has since been notified through a letter.

Club secretary Matthew Marara said the coach has been released on three-month notice in terms of Clause 8.2 of the contract.

The fate of his assistants Mkhuphali Masuku and Mike Madzivanyika was not clear yet amid indications that it was up to Chunga to decide who he wants to work with.

Source - chronicle