Chilumba back for DeMbare tie


Hwange head coach Tennant Chilumba is away in Zambia but will be back when the coalminers collide with Dynamos in a crunch Castle Lager Premiership football match on Friday at Rufaro Stadium.

Chipangano’s spokesperson Burzil Dube said Chilumba went to Zambia last week for a course which is being facilitated by the Football Association of Zambia (Faz) but would be available for the DeMbare match.

Dube said Chilumba has been identified with five other Zambian coaches for the course.

“He went to Zambia last week for further studies. He has been chosen by the Football Association of Zambia for the coaching course but he will however be available for the Dynamos match,” Dube said.
Chilumba was in Holland last month where he attended a Uefa C Licence Course, which was also organised for him by Faz.

He was there for the rest of the season and at the time Dube said he hoped the Netherlands experience would be of great value to Hwange.

The Zambian’s contract at the coalminers expired at the end of season last year and was renewed. However, it has not been rosy for Chilumba in the games that he has been in charge.

Chipangano have played three consecutive games on the road and the match against Dynamos is their fourth away.

In their first match in 2011 season, they drew 0-0 with Gunners at the Colliery before travelling to Masvingo where they lost to Masvingo United 2-1.

Chilumba’s next assignment was a goalless draw against Monomotapa in Harare and on Friday they meet Dynamos, smarting from the Independence Cup final loss to perennial rivals Highlanders on Monday.

In their first match last season, Hwange lost 3-0 to relegated FC Victoria at Mucheke Stadium before beating Douglas Warriors 2-0 at the Colliery and Black Mambas 2-1 in Harare in the next two games.

Dube said the three consecutive away matches did not perturb his club.

“We do not have any qualms about the fixtures,” Dube said.