Moses Chunga has been appointed the head coach of Caps United on a caretaker basis.
The controversial Chunga takes over from Lloyd Chitembwe who was sacked by the club on Monday.
Speaking to NewsDay yesterday, Maxwell Mironga, the Caps United chief executive officer, confirmed the developments, 24 hours after they parted ways with Chitembwe.
“We are still sorting out some few things but he (Chunga) will take over as a caretaker coach,” confirmed Mironga.
Chunga said yesterday: “Taura nevanhu veCaps vacho. (Talk to the Caps people themselves.)”
Bambo, as Chunga is affectionately known from his heyday, returns to the club he coached in the 2007-2008 season but was sacked after a string of draws which gave Caps United the tag “draw specialists”.
Back then, Caps United “promoted” him to the position of technical director, for which he was not satisfied and he quit the club.
Chunga went back to his club Gunners where he won the championship for the first time in his coaching career.
Surprisingly, Chunga dumped the reigning champions before they took part in the Caf Champions League and took charge at Shooting Stars.
After quitting Shooting Stars in controversial circumstances in early July this year, the former Dynamos star was linked with numerous local clubs, including Highlanders.
Regarded as one of the finest players to ever emerge out of Zimbabwe, Chunga has coached a number of clubs in the country including Hackney, Arcadia United, Dynamos (twice), Black Rhinos, Shabanie Mine and Lengthens.
Crossing the great divide to coach Caps United, the Dynamos son Chunga will be under a lot of scrutiny from the Green Machine fans. During his last stint at Caps, Chunga voluntarily resigned citing “safety reasons” after he had received threats from unruly Caps fans who were not happy with his results.
Meanwhile, Chitembwe said he did not regret leaving the Green Machine.
Speaking after giving a farewell speech to his players at University of Zimbabwe grounds yesterday, Chitembwe said he was delighted about his achievements at Caps.
“My departure was by mutual consent from all parties and I am extremely delighted by the achievements I made during my stay at Caps,” said Chitembwe.
“When I joined Caps, there was no order and stability at the club but we managed to make it what it is today.”
Chitembwe, who joined Caps United in January last year, said his aim when he joined the club was not to win the championship but to“change players’ lives”.
“Success for me was not about winning the championship but to change the players’ lives,” said Chitembwe. “Look what has happened to Mushekwi (Nyasha), Mwanjali (Method), Lionel Mtizwa and mupfana (young) Tafadzwa Rusike, to me that is success.”
Mushekwi, Mwanjali and Mtizwa joined South African billionaire club Mamelodi Sundowns while Rusike and Karma Billiart joined Ajax Cape Town. Oscar Machapa joined Moroka Swallows.
Chitembwe revealed that he would be taking a break from football and would not be involved in coaching anytime soon.
“I am going home to sleep. I’m taking a break from football and the media. I respect the feelings of my family, they want me to move away from the spotlight and I am going to do just that, at least for now,” said Chitembwe.