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End of road for Chidzambwa at Leopards?

[Posted 26 Oct 2011]
[By Beezsports Reporter]
Frustrating day at work. Chidzambwa appears to be on his way out as Head coach at Leopards

South African media is filled with speculation regarding the future of Black Leopards coach Sunday Chidzambwa following the club chiefs' antics of inteviewing potential replacements without announcing the firing of the current coach.

Leopards have already admitted to having interviewed their former coach Serbian Vladislav Heric, who has reportedly resigned from his position as African Warriors' coach.

Both the club and Heric himself have admitted that talks in view of the coach re-joining Leopards have taken place.

"I have spoken to them and we will see how it goes in the next few days," Heric told South Africa's Kick-Off magazine this week.

What is puzzling is that despite Heric's resignation, something which has fuelled speculation that he has already received an offer from Lidoda Duvha, Leopards are still interviewing or at least intent on interviewing other coaches.

Manqoba Mnqgithi, recently fired by Amazulu after a string of poor results, and Ernst Midderndorp, also relieved of his post at Gllden Arrows for the same reasons, are apparently lined up for interviews by Leopards bosses.

As expected, Leopards are signing the tune the familiar denial  "our coach is going nowehere" tune.

"Sunday is going nowhere. He will remain as employee of Black Leopards. The club is currently interviewing a number of coaches and by tomorrow afternoon we should make an announcement," says the often vocal Tendani "Chief" Thidiela.

Chidzambwa is the coach who led Leopards back to the ABSA Premiership after a number of years of coming so close yet so far from winning promotion.

During the same season Leopards returned to the PSL, Chidzambwa guided the team to the Nedbank Cup final where they lost 3-1 to Orlando Pirates after taking an early lead.

Leopards have clearly showed that they lack depth and quality in their squad to compete at the highest level in local soccer. An injury to Kingston Nkatha has seen the team creating numerous scring opportunities but failing to get goals, ending up losing matches.

Their defence has been somewhat naive and has shown signs of inexperience. The midfield is no better, with players like captain Bobe struggling to make incisive passes to the strikers.

Its not clear whether it is Chidzambwa to blame for having failed to identify the lack of depth in his team or it is due to lack of resources to buy quality players that has seen Leopards in the position they find themselves currently.

Chidzambwa, a former Zimbabwe Warriors coach, is on record arguing that he finds nothing wrong with his squad and believed in his squad. Whether he was saying that to protect his bosses' lack of spending power or it was naivety on his part remains unclear as well.

The reality though, is that Chidzambwa was his own worst enemy by declaring publicly that he had faith in a squad that clearly lacks the quality required to compete at PSL level. He will be judged according to his word, and even his bosses have been heard claiming that the coach has not requested them to acquire new players to strengthen the team.

The only players of a profile worth talking about which the team has acquired include the outstanding keeper Postnet Omony and leading striker Nkatha. But again, these are players who have been unfortunate to have been considered surplus elsewhere. 

It certainly seems like the writing is on the wall. Chidzambwa's days as Leopards' head coach are numbered.

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