MOSES Chunga has emerged as the favourite to take over the reins at Premier football side Harare City following a decision by the City Fathers to part ways with head coach Bigboy Mawiwi after a spate of poor results.
Mawiwi was fired by the Harare City executive while he was attending a two-day coaching clinic conducted by the La Masia coaches from FC Barcelona from Monday to Tuesday.
This followed a 2-0 loss to Hwange at the weekend having watched his charges being held to a 1-1 draw at home by the same opponents — a result which left them fighting against the dark forces of relegation.
The Sunshine City Boys are third from the bottom with just 15 points in 16 matches of the campaign and with the Zifa assembly having maintained four teams will be relegated at the end of the season instead of two as advocated by the Premier Soccer League, it put pressure on the team management to reshuffle the technical team in a bid to save it from relegation.
The club management responded by elevating assistant coach Masimba Dinyero into an interim capacity.
Dinyero has, however, been given three games to prove himself and be installed until the end of the season.
Dinyero has on paper what appear easy assignments which could help him be installed as coach for the rest of the campaign.
Harare City host fellow strugglers Chiredzi at Rufaro Stadium tomorrow and then travel to Zvishavane for a date with Shabanie Mine.
Dinyero’s men will then have to beat Chapungu whom they host in the third and decisive encounter, failure of which will see the City Fathers reaching out to another coach.
However, should he fail the test in those three games, the club hierarchy has earmarked Chunga to come to their rescue.
Harare City secretary Mathew Marara declined to reveal the coach they are targeting in the event that Dinyero fails their test, but said they would rope in someone who is unattached at the moment.
The other unattached coach is Arthur Tutani, who was fired by Black Rhinos two weeks ago, but sources say Chunga has the higher profile needed to save City from relegation.
“We don’t want to destabilise other teams so we will go for a coach who is unattached at the moment. We want to give Dinyero time to prove himself. We have given him three matches and we will review his performance after those games. If he fails, that is when we will appoint another coach,” said Marara.
Chunga was recently fired from Chiredzi FC with former Triangle coach Gishon Ntini being roped in as the replacement.
Chunga though is still fighting to regain control of the club.