I need a good assistant — Mangwiro

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CAPS United gaffer Taurai Mangwiro has committed himself to the Harare giants and revealed yesterday he had recommended a top coach to the club’s board of directors to work as his assistant this season.

BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

This follows the departure of Saul Chaminuka to Premiership new boys ZPC Kariba.

Chaminuka, a former head coach at army side Buffaloes, was Mangwiro’s assistant last term, but he has since been hired to take over the reins at ZPC Kariba after the newcomers decided to part ways with Jostein Mathuthu who led them to the Premiership after it emerged that he did not have a Caf C licence certificate — the minimum requirement to coach at Premiership level.

And Mangwiro said yesterday he would always value the contributions from his former assistant Chaminuka.

“I will always value his (Chaminuka) contributions. We worked well. I wish him all the best where he is going,” he said.

The Caps United coach said he had been given a three-year mandate to try and turn around things at the Harare giants and was determined to bring joy to the fans who have endured several years without a league title since Charles Mhlauri lifted it way back in 2005.

Mangwiro had been linked with a move from Caps United, but disclosed that he was committed to the Harare giants and had since submitted his recommendations for a top coach to assist him ahead of the forthcoming season.

“I have submitted my recommendations for my assistant to the board for approval. I need a good coach to assist me. I am not that kind of coach who feels threatened by working with a good coach because all I want is when I am not there, the void should not be felt. I am now waiting to hear a feedback from the board on my recommendations. There are going to be changes in the technical team as well as in the junior development,” Mangwiro said.

The Green Machine did relatively well under Mangwiro and his assistants Chaminuka and goalkeepers’ trainer Brenna Msiska, finishing a credible fifth position, qualifying the team to this season’s BancABC Sup8r Cup.

Caps United are still to appoint an executive that oversees the day-to-day running of the club following the dissolution of the Joe Makuvire led-executive.
The Harare giants have, however, appointed a six-member board comprising advocate Lewis Uriri, Bulawayo-based businessman Alex Munyaka, Nhamo Tutisani, medical doctor and long time club member Mordecai Sachikonye, Khumbulani Mhlophe and Munyaradzi Mazhande.

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