10 Jnuary 2019
NEWLY-appointed Ngezi Platinum coach Erol Akbay will reunite with his former assistant at Highlanders, Cosmas Zulu.
Zulu and Tendai Chikuni were yesterday appointed as assistants to the Dutchman by the Mhondoro-Ngezi side.
The appointments meant Clifton Kadurira, who was assistant to former coach Tonderai Ndiraya, was shown the exit.
Kadurira remained as the interim coach after Ndiraya left with five games remaining.
Of interest, however, is the reunion of Akbay and Zulu who once worked together at Highlanders.
Sources at Baobab said Zulu’s inclusion was meant to make job easier for Akbay as they have worked well at Bosso.
H-Metro heard Akbay also influenced the appointment of Zulu, who is known as Tsano in football circles.
In a statement, Ngezi Platinum chief executive Nyasha Kadenge indicated that the incoming coach has been fortified with the appointment of the experienced duo.
“Tendai Chikuni is set to bring in the experience from both the regional and the local scene which will be of great use to the new coach who also will enhance the game as he brings the Dutch flare.
“Zulu is renowned for setting up successful football club academies and winning a number of premier league accolades with some of the leading football clubs in Zimbabwe. He is bringing over 30 years of experience in football management to the club.”
The platinum miners will hope the new coaching staff delivers glory.
“The Board and Executive team are confident that the transformation of the technical team will ensure that Ngezi Platinum Stars F.C. continues to delight its supporters and sponsors.
“The Club wishes to welcome the new members on board and wish them the best in these new roles appointed to them,” said Kadenge
The new technical department has a huge task ahead having lost key players like Godknows Murwira, Walter Mukanga and Clive Augusto with others reported to be on their way out.