Nomadic coach Shepherd Murape’s future as coach of ambitious National First Division (NFD) side United FC is hanging by a thread after the veteran Zimbabwean mentor went AWOL for a month in December.
United FC chairperson Amos Mahlamba said the last time they saw Murape was on December 4 when United handed Jomo Cosmos their first defeat of the season.
“We are disappointed by Shepherd’s behaviour, especially at this crucial stage of the season,” Mahlamba said.
“He did the same last season but promised to change. We suspect he has found a good offer from some of the NFD clubs because we have learnt that he was negotiating with Nathi Lions and Batau FC.
“After (today) we will take a decision about his future with the club and try to get a replacement.
“In the meantime our assistant coach Sipho ‘Ace’ Nzama will take care of the team. His first assignment will be against Dynamos on Sunday.”
Murape said personal problems forced him to abandon his duties for a month. “I had some problems I am busy trying to sort out in order to continue my work at United FC,” Murape said yesterday.
“I was communicating with team manager Richard Makhoba. I will return to the club soon.”
Makhoba said he had been communicating with Murape on a personal level.
Our sources said Murape failed to reach an agreement with Dynamos boss Pat “Co” Malabela earlier in the season because of his disappearing acts.