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Zuze passes Monoz test


BIGGIE Zuze has been rewarded with a permanent appointment as Monomotapa coach after steering the former league champions  to their first ever cup final and as well as a good run in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League where they eventually finished fourth.

Report by Henry Mhara

Zuze was promoted to an interim coach position in August replacing Taurai Mangwiro and inspired a stunning rejuvenation of a side that had plunged into relegation waters.

Monoz played a sleek passing brand of football that won them admirers, but suffered cup final heartbreak when they lost to Dynamos in the rich Mbada Diamonds Cup.

Zuze’s appointment was made during the club executive retreat in Vumba at the weekend.

The ex-Glamour Boy will be assisted by Nkululeko Dhlamini, who has remained the club’s first assistant coach and will double up as the goalkeepers’ coach.

Dhlamini was last week named Warriors goalkeepers’ coach.
George Jojo, who was the second assistant to Zuze, reverts back to his initial post of the team’s development coach.

Monomotapa chairman Joseph Mukoki confirmed the latest developments yesterday adding that Zuze had shown potential to do even better with the team.

“Zuze’s quality was clear for all to see when he stimulated the squad last season and helped the club make history,” said Mukoki.
“As a first timer he did extremely well when he took over although the team slowed down at the end. But his potential is undoubted and his performance in the short time he was in charge made him the clear choice when it came to select the person to take us forward in the seasons to come.

“We have given him an open contract which will be measured on set targets. We are very confident that he will measure up to the task.”
Mukoki said his club is still hunting for a second assistant to replace Jojo.

“We are also looking to make additions in the executive itself especially in the marketing department. We are looking for people who can help us to get sponsorship and help market our players outside the country,” said Mukoki.

Monomotapa held trials over the past two weeks to scout for new players to bolster the squad for next season and Mukoki revealed that over 300 players attended.

“We are done with the first stage of the trials. 29 players have been selected so far, but we are looking at pruning them to 10. The selected players should be good enough to play in the first team next season,” said Mukoki.

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