Lloyd Chitembwe is expected to renew his contract at Caps United this week, despite his incessant claims he is taking a sabbatical from coaching.
Chitembwe’s contract at Caps United lapsed at the end of last season and the Green Machine gaffer had come out in the public saying he was not renewing the contract.
Press reports had also linked him to a big money move to FC Platinum to work as an assistant to Rahman Gumbo, allegations he has refuted. He said he wanted to take some time off coaching to be with his family.
Despite claims he was taking a break from coaching, Chitembwe was on Monday back at Caps United and led players as they began their pre-season training at the National Sports Stadium B arena.
The former gritty midfielder was again in charge yesterday, a clear indication he might have been selling the public a dummy.
Caps United chief executive officer Maxwell Mironga yesterday said his club wanted to retain the coaching staff from last season.
He revealed they had agreed in principle with all the technical staff to renew their contracts. Caps United’s coaching staff has Chitembwe, his two assistants Kennedy Nagoli and Joel Luphahla, while Richard Tswatswa is the goalkeepers’ coach.
“I have said this before and I will say it again, we will retain our coaching staff from last season. That includes Lloyd Chitembwe,” said Mironga.
“We have been reading reports in the newspapers that he (Chitembwe) will not rejoin us, but as far as we are concerned we have agreed in principle to renew the contract.
We hope he will have signed by the end of this week. To show his commitment to the club, he has started training the team. You can come and see it for yourself,” added Mironga.
Meanwhile, striker Tawanda Nyamandwe is close to joining Caps United.
The Monomotapa forward, who was on loan to Motor Action has been training with Caps United since
Mironga said: “There are a few issues that need to be ironed out with his club. We have agreed terms with the player. We hope to meet Monomotapa this week to start negotiations.
We want to sign him on a permanent basis, but that will depend on the figures from Monoz. We might be forced to take him on loan. Nyamandwe has started training with us with his club’s blessings.”
If he signs as expected, Nyamandwe will join Chris Samakweri, Luckson Kaisa, Conrad Whitby, Blessing Zabula and Darryl Nyandoro who have already signed for the Green Machine.