Chirova bounces back (10-08-07)

FORMER BLACK Rhinos head coach Droment Chirova has bounced back at the army side.
The nomadic coach is now the new technical adviser at the struggling former league champions.
Black Rhinos secretary Tamuka Shoko on Wednesday (August 9) said they recruited Chirova to work with current coa

ches Ignatius Kapitapita and Gift Kamuriwo in trying to save the Premiership team from relegation.
“Chirova is coming to the club on a mutual agreement with the executive. He is someone who has worked with the team before and we hope he can still contribute something positive.
“The mandate for him is to help the current coaches to revive the fortunes of the team.
“As it stands now, he should be around until the end of the season but that relationship is open to review,” said Shoko.
He said Chirova will sit on the bench for some games and in the terraces in some matches.
Chirova could have joined the Rhinos technical team on Friday last week but there was resistance from the team’s camp ahead of their match against Dynamos. It appears Rhinos’ defeat on Sunday was a blessing in disguise for Chirova as some senior army officers and supporters strengthened their cause to have him drafted into the technical department.
Chirova was yesterday pleased at rejoining Rhinos four years after being fired by the same club.
“It’s good to be back home. I am one of the players Shepherd Murape recruited from the army in 1982 when the Black Rhinos project started.
“The other players like Stix Mtizwa, Stanley Ndunduma and Japhet Mparutsa later joined when we had settled down.
“I then went on to play mostly in the reserve team and then got into coaching.
“I had my success with Guni United in Division One before I was recalled to Black Rhinos juniors in 2001.
“Within days of joining the Black Rhinos juniors, I was appointed head coach with Nesbert Saruchera my assistant and Moses Chunga team manager.
“We had a great combination in 2001 but Chunga then left for Dynamos and I worked with Saruchera.
“I think 2002 was our best year as we finished second behind Highlanders on the league table and secured a place in the Caf Confederations Cup the following year,” said Chirova.
Chirova and Saruchera were fired in July 2003 as Briton Eddie May took over.
“I feel like a prodigal son who is back home.
“Today (yesterday) we held a successful meeting with the current coaches and I am happy that we have agreed that we need to work as a team.
“There is nowhere we will go as a divided technical team because we will breed division among the players, the executive and the supporters.
“We have to see that we win three or four games and rise into mid-table.
“Rhinos should not be candidates for relegation this season if we get our things rights,”he said.

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