Takaendesa Jongwe returns with a bang

Langton Nyakwenda, in NGEZI

Yadah Stars ………………..1

Cranborne Bullets………..0

IN the end, it was a perfect welcome back for veteran coach, Maxwell Takaendesa Jongwe, who returned to the Premiership dugout after a 12-year hiatus.

Jongwe replaced Expense Chitukutuku at Yadah earlier this week and got off to a dream start as The Miracle Boys edged Cranborne Bullets in a Chibuku Super Cup preliminary round contest at Baobab yesterday.

Russell Chifura’s last-gasp header was the difference between the two sides, in a largely balanced affair.

Yadah Stars will now play two-time winners FC Platinum in a first round clash at Mandava on Saturday.

In yesterday’s other preliminary round match, Black Rhinos beat Sheasham 5-4 on penalties after a goalless draw in regulation time.

Black Rhinos will now face Manica Diamonds at Gibbo on Saturday in the first round.

The win was a huge relief for Yadah Stars who are struggling in the league and a big welcome gift for Jongwe.

His last top flight job was with CAPS United in 2011.

“You wouldn’t know how I am feeling today.

“A lot happened to me while I was away,” an elated Jongwe told the media.

“To be away from the game for such a long time and then come back and get a win is good.

“It’s good for the club. We hope we keep grinding results.”

Jongwe has been concentrating on farming before he got the Yadah job.

He has taken over from Chitukutuku who has been demoted to assistant coach.

“All along I have been doing some coaching instructions.

“I also have a small plot so I can also say I was coaching vegetables,” revealed the former ZIFA technical director.

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