Chidzambwa “redeployed” as Leopards hire new coach

Former Zimbabwe national team coach, Sunday Chidzambwa’s South African coaching career took a knock recently when he was removed as head coach at ABSA Premiership side, Black Leopards and “redeployed” elsewhere.

Sunday Chidzambwa
Sunday Chidzambwa

Lidoda Duvha revealed that former coach, Vladislav Heric, had been recalled to his old job, leaving the former Dynamos and Zimbabwe national team coach’s new role undefined. “Coach Sunday Chidzambwa has not been fired and will be redeployed within the team structures,” he said.

The club also revealed that Chidzambwa had handed in his resignation after the 1-3 loss to Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup final last season, citing that he had had achieved his mandate of promoting the club to the elite league, but that request to leave was denied and the chairman persuaded him to stay.

This decision is believed to have been based on what the Zimbabwean had achieved with the club in a short space of time and with the belief that his football knowledge would come in handy throughout this season, especially going into the African Confederations Cup, where he is vastly experienced, having played in the Champions league and reached the finals and mini-league with Dynamos.

However, the Zimbabwean mentor was not immediately mentioned in the technical department, where Heric will be assisted by Chidzambwa’s former assistant, Abel Makhubele. “The decision to recall Heric specifically was because he is familiar with the Leopards football culture, we don’t want to start from square one as the season has already begun and are looking to build momentum that coach Sunday had started,” added the club.

“Heric has coached 90 per cent of this current squad of players and therefore the players are familiar with his management capabilities and style of play.” Under Chidzambwa, Leopards only managed to accumulate six points in eight starts, after securing only one win (2-0 over a then struggling Lamontville Golden Arrows on August 24) and three draws since the beginning of the season.

The club is already out of the Telkom Charity Cup, after succumbing 2-1 to Orlando Pirates last week.

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