25 May 2017
HARARE City have appointed Philani “Beefy” Ncube as their new coach after a snub by former Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa.
Harare City had targeted Pasuwa to be the coach, with the former CAPS United coach Mark Harrison, Bongani Mafu and Philani Ncube being the other options.
Although, Harrison was second option, engaging the expatriate was never going to be an easy job for the council-owned club.
H-Metro can reveal that Pasuwa did not turn up for the interviews on Tuesday as one of the coaches that had been shortlisted despite not having applied for the job.
“We settled for Philani Ncube. That is all we can say for now and we will be unveiling the coach today (Wednesday),” said secretary general Mathew Marara.
Pasuwa’s camp Wednesday said their position had remained the same.
“I have nothing new to say. We appreciate the interest from the clubs that want the services of Pasuwa. But the position remains that he is still taking a break.
“So I cannot comment on that issue. He is not yet ready to take up any position at the moment,”
Pasuwa’s agent Gibson Mahachi said.
The Sunshine Boys had put a lot of effort to try and get Pasuwa to agree to take over from Madzivanyika. They were expecting him to turn up for the interviews that had been lined up for Tuesday.
They were left with no option but to appoint the former How Mine and Bulawayo City coach Beefy ahead of Harrison and Mafu.
Madzivanyika, who was the head coach, will now revert back to the position of assistant coach.
The club’s management officially gave up on Madzivanyika after they were beaten 1-0 away to Chapungu.
That result meant that this becomes one of the Sunshine Boys’ worst start in the first nine games of the season since they started playing in the Premiership.
Beefy’s appointment means that he is now the sixth coach to lead Harare City in the Premiership.
Bigboy Mawiwi earned promotion for the Sunshine Boys. Masimba Dinyero took over from Mawiwi in the third season in the Premiership after a disastrous start.
Taurai Mangwiro became the third coach for Harare City in PSL and he was replaced by Moses “Bambo” Chunga mid last season.
Madzivanyika took over this season after the initial option, Mkhuphali Masuku, was sidelined for lacking CAF A licence, in line with the club licensing system.
Harare City face Dynamos at National Sports Stadium today as they try to rescue their season.