A HEARTLESS LEAGUE
16 December 2016
ABOUT half of the teams playing in the Premiership will have new coaches by beginning of next season in what seems to be a hostile environment for technical team bosses.
Apart from clubs that will be promoted, Triangle, Hwange, Harare City and Chapungu are definite to have new coaches.
Dynamos, ZPC Kariba and Chicken Inn are yet to confirm their 2017 coaches with chances that anything can happen.
Triangle are not renewing David Mandigora’s contract after a year in charge in the lowveld and his replacement is yet to be confirmed.
Hwange are also expected to appoint a more experienced coach in place of Mabelo Njekwa who was in charge for the rest of the season after the suspension of Nation Dube.
Harare City on the other hand announced that they will not be renewing Moses “Bambo” Chunga’s contract and will elevate Mkuphali Masuku to the position of head coach.
Chapungu’s John Nyikadzino seems to have also met his fate, although reports suggests that he is the one that resigned from his position.
Dynamos are also yet to confirm that Lloyd Mutasa will be in charge next season at a time when there is speculation that a more experienced coach could join the technical team.
ZPC Kariba are also yet to make it official whether they will renew Sunday Chidzambwa’s contract or not. The veteran coach has already been linked with a move to other clubs.
Rahman Gumbo has a high chance of renewing his contract at Chicken Inn but his future was set to be determined by an end of year management meeting.
Coaches that did not last the 2016 season are Harare City’s Taurai Mangwiro, Hwange’s Philani Ncube, Ngezi Platinum’s Clifton Kadurira, Kennedy Kachara of Mutare City, Paulo George Silva of Dynamos and Chicken Inn’s Joey Antipas, who moved to South Africa.
While a number of coaches will be packing their bags by December 31 this year, there is also a class of coaches on demand.
Highlanders coach Erol Akbay still has a year on his contract but he could be prized away by local of foreign clubs after a good year in his first season.
Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa’s future with the national team after AFCON also remains uncertain and that has kept a number of local and South African clubs on alert.
Top coaches expected to be firmly on their jobs next year include FC Platinum’s Norman Mapeza, How Mine’s Kelvin Kaindu and CAPS United’s Lloyd Chitembwe.
Tsholotsho’s Lizwe Sweswe has been linked with a move to FC Platinum to be part of Norman Mapeza’s backroom staff.