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Mangwiro joins Harare City


FORMER Caps United coach Taurai Mangwiro has reportedly crossed the floor to join ambitious Premier Soccer League counterparts Harare City as their head coach and is set be unveiled together with other members of the technical team this morning.

Tawanda Tafirenyika
Sports Correspondent

Mangwiro, who led Caps United to a credible third-place finish in the just-ended season, quit the Green Machine last week together with his technical team which includes assistant coach Mike Madzivanyika and goalkeepers’ coach Richard Tswatswa.

While sources told NewsDay Sport that Mangwiro had signed for Harare City, the club’s secretary Matthew Marara said Mangwiro, along with two other coaches Kalisto Pasuwa and Kelvin Kaindu, were all in the race to lead them next season.

“We are still to finalise on who should be given the job. We have spoken to the three coaches and will come up with the position tonight (last night) after weighing up a number of factors. You will know by tomorrow (today). What I can only say is that we are comparing three coaches, Kaindu, Mangwiro and Pasuwa. Any one of them can get the job,” Marara said.

Former Dynamos coach Pasuwa, who won a record fourth successive championship with Dynamos last month, has said he would not be renewing his contract with the Zimbabwe champions which runs out on December 31.

Former Highlanders coach Kaindu, who saved Triangle from relegation this season, is also out of contract and Harare City have capitalised on the situation to negotiate with the three coaches.

Pasuwa has been linked with the Harare City job since he announced he would not be renewing his contract with Dynamos.

Interestingly, Harare City had initially said they would not consider Pasuwa — the only coach to have won four straight league championships — for the job as he was not the kind of coach they were looking for despite his glittering achievements.

Harare City are reportedly offering a lucrative contract which includes a residential stand, among other benefits.

A statement from the club read: “Harare City to unveil new technical team at a Press conference this coming Wednesday in preparation for the 2015 season.”

Should Pasuwa get the job at Harare City, he would reunite with his old friend Masimba Dinyero who is likely to be retained as one of the assistant coaches after he helped them survive relegation on the last day of the league programme after a challenging 2014 campaign.

Mangwiro helped Caps United to a third-place finish in the just-ended campaign, while Kaindu, who parted ways with Highlanders towards the end of the season, helped Triangle survive relegation.

The Chiredzi-based side is, however, reported to be still persuading Kaindu — a holder of a Uefa B coaching badge — to sign another deal ahead of the forthcoming season.

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