Homela backs Chidzambwa

Local football legend Gibson Homela has backed experienced coach Sunday Chidzambwa to deliver at Castle Lager Premiership upstarts ZPC Kariba.

Gibson Homela
Gibson Homela

The history making former Zimbabwe coach took over the reins at the Mashonaland West side two weeks ago and his first match in charge ended in a 1-0 defeat away to Triangle on Sunday.

Chidzambwa returns to a Premiership landscape that has become a lot more competitive, but Homela believes he has the experience to cope and make his mark with Kariba, who finished second in their debut premiership season last year.

Homela said: “I don’t think it’s a bad move for Sunday to come back, I think he is at his time at the moment and he should be able to deliver. I don’t think his disappearance was completely out of football … I know he was in South Africa for some time and he has the passion and the experience to do well. That’s my thinking.”

Kariba surprised even their most ardent followers with a league title challenge which lasted until the very final day of last season. But a woeful start to the new campaign saw them part ways with coach Saul Chaminuka. They currently lie 10th on the standings with 15 points from 14 matches.

Homela insisted that Chidzambwa would not be judged against last year’s performances. “I think he is coming in at a time when they needed someone to rescue them. I was looking at their results this year, they are not as good as last year, so really the last year’s results cannot be used to judge him because since then, players have changed you know and this is the reason why you find that Soul (Chaminuka), who had a good run with them is no longer there.

“The only thing that I don’t know is whether he is happy with the players that are there, you know. He goes in there at a time when I don’t think he has had a hand in the current crop of players that are playing for ZPC. “I still think he needs some time to really find his feet. He needs some time to maybe change some of the faces that are there,” he said.

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