SHABANIE MINE football club have appointed one of the club’s most senior players Philip Sithole as the new assistant coach, as the Zvishavane side reorganise their technical department.
The Chinda Boys technical department was left in shambles following the banning of Luke Masomere from football late last year by Zifa for his involvement in the Asiagate saga.
Sithole was appointed assistant coach on Monday taking over from Elvis Muuya, whose absence from the Shabanie Mine structures still remains unexplained.
He now deputises Arnold Jani who has been presiding over the club’s pre-season training, albeit on an interim basis, while the club’s executive is reportedly still haggling over who should be appointed substantive head coach.
Shabanie Mine president Greg Mataka confirmed Sithole’s appointment to NewsDay Sport yesterday.
“I can confirm that we have appointed Philip Sithole assistant coach. He will deputise Arnold Jani and that is the set-up for now. If there are any changes they will be communicated to you.
For now that is the latest development in our technical set-up,” said Mataka.
The Shabanie Mine president added that the executive’s decision to appoint Sithole assistant coach was based on the club’s philosophy of rewarding players who would have served the club for a long time. He said the executive also looked at Sithole’s history in football and saw it fit that he should become part of the club’s technical bench. Sithole started his career at Shabanie Mine before moving to Dynamos, Shooting Stars, Kiglon and Zimbabwe Saints before returning home to Shabanie Mine last year.
Mataka added that the club was still in the market, hunting for new talent to bolster its squad ahead of the forthcoming Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season.