Chidzambwa off to South Africa

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After resigning from his role as the national team coach on Monday, Sunday Chidzambwa arrived in South Africa on the same day to take over the coaching reigns at South African premiership side Free State Stars, according to South African football website Kick-off.

Chidzambwa a darling among local football fans led the Warriors to their maiden appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia in 2004.

He is also the first local coach to win two Cosafa Cup trophies. He won the 2004 tournament after beating Malawi in the then two legged final before winning the same tournament last year when Zimbabwe hosted the tournament.

Among his other achievement was also leading Dynamos to the final of the African Champions League in 1998.

Reports coming for South Africa say Chidzambwa signed a two-year contract just a day after quitting his job as Warriors coach following a series of financial troubles within the Zimbabwe Football Association.

Zimbabwe agent Gibson Mahachi facilitated the deal for Chidzambwa.

Chidzambwa, claims he is owed in excess of US$60 000 in unpaid salaries by Zifa.

“Mhofu (as Chidzambwa is commonly known) left Harare yesterday afternoon for Free State and has already arrived to take over his duties. His work permit should be ready by Friday.

“What he will basically do is assess what is already there at Stars so that he is able to then make an informed decision for next season. There is also a chance that he could sit on the bench for Stars in the matches that they play this week,” Mahachi told KickOff.com.

Stars are due to play Mpumalanga Black Aces in the quarter-final of the Nedbank Cup on Sunday at Charles Mopeli Stadium.

This will be the first time that Chidzambwa will be taking charge of a foreign team after a glittering career on the local football scene.

He turned down offers from Bush Bucks six years ago.

Before coming to South Africa, Chidzambwa doubled up as director of coaching at Dynamos – where he is adored by the team’s legion of fans.

Chidzambwa’s departure leaves the Warriors without a coach ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations and African Championships of Nations (CHAN) qualifiers and the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in September.

Chidzambwa has been a coach in Zimbabwe since the late 80s when he hang up his boots.