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Chidzambwa eyes three players

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Just three days after former Warriors and Dynamos football coach Sunday Chidzambwa led Black Leopards to the Holy Grail of the Absa Premiership in South Africa, the team management is set to loosen their purse strings to buy four players for the 2011/2012 campaign.

The team, apparently, needs to buy even more after owner David Thidiela confirmed they will play in the Caf Confederation Cup next season.

But before that, team captain Mongezi Bobe wants the team’s bosses to assure the players Chidzambwa will not be leaving the club.

Leopards beat Bay United 2-0 in Venda on Saturday to secure themselves a return to the Absa Premiership.

Leopards’ management were set to meet yesterday to clarify their future and map a way forward. Captain Bobe has pleaded with management to keep the whole team and the coach for next season.

“The coach has done well and deserves a chance to lead the team in the PSL next season,” he told KickOff.com. “He knows the club very well and the players understand him and it will be a good thing to see him continuing with his job.”

Bobe added: “I think the management should keep the whole team intact and make reinforcements with at least four players for next season.

“This is a great achievement. I would like to thank the chairperson for the confidence he showed in my coaching ability,” Chidzambwa told the Sowetan.

“We are going to celebrate our return to the Premiership for a few days before starting to develop strategies to sustain our status. We are not going to do a wholesale change because I strongly believe we have a pretty good team. I need only three highly experienced players.

“I will be searching for a central defender, a winger and striker. I have no doubt the team will compete for silverware in the Premiership.”

After retiring as a player he managed Dynamos and made his own piece of history by reaching the final of the Champions League in 1998 when he lost to Asec Mimosas of Ivory Coast 4-2.

He then led Zimbabwe to their first-ever qualification for the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia before leaving for Bush Bucks in South Africa, where he was unable to take up the post after losing his passport.

He was reappointed manager of Zimbabwe in November 2008, winning the Cosafa championships before leaving in May 2010 to manage South Africa’s Free State Stars, where he quit after just three games due to interference from the team management.

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