Manica diamonds fires coach

Fungayi Munyoro-Chingaira

MUTARE– Mutare-based side Manica Diamonds has sacked its head coach Johanis Nhumwa, Mirror Sports can reveal. 

Nhumwa was dismissed this morning after a string of poor results. The Gem boys, as Manica Diamonds are fondly known, has failed to register a single win in their last four outings. Nhumwa has since been replaced by former Triangle FC coach Jairos Tapera.

The club released a press statement which confirmed the latest development this morning.

“Manica Diamonds would like to inform all its stakeholders that the club has parted ways with head coach, Johanisi Nhumwa and his technical team by mutual agreement. We sincerely appreciate the services rendered by the technical team to the club and we wish them well in their future endeavours.

“Meanwhile, the club has appointed Jairos Tapera as the new head coach and he will be assisted by Tafadzwa Mashiri, Patrick Mandizha and Thembinkosi Sibanda. Tichaona Zikai remains the team manager,” reads the statement.

Manica Diamonds are currently tenth position on the log with 39 points from 29 outings. In their last four outings, the Gem boys have been battling in front of goals. They were beaten by log leaders FC Platinum 2-0 before being dismissed by Chicken Inn at home 1-0. Gem boys also suffered a 1-0 defeat in the hands of Bulawayo Chiefs before being thumped 1-0 by visiting Dynamos FC yesterday at Sakubva Stadium.

Nhumwa joined the Gem boys as an assistant coach to Luke ‘VaHombe’ Masomere who was then fired in 2019 resulting in Nhumwa assuming the duties of head coach.

However, football fans in Mutare took to social media and aired their views. Some said Nhumwa was the one who was behind Masomere’s sacking.

“Nhumwa thought he was clever when he betrayed Masomere and took over as the new coach. Now where is he? He thought he was in good books with the executive but they have fired him,” said John Masikati.

“Nhumwa is reaping what he saw. He was backbiting Masomere, now it’s his turn to dance to the music. He got all the players he wanted and his salary was more than a thousand USD but he failed to produce results. The executive did well,” added Stanley Banda.

“While there are many factors-unfortunately coaching is a results business and the results haven’t been in his favour and the stats are so bad and I think we are flying backwards,” said Edmund Moyo.

“We need proper support structures and a clearly defined plan of where we want to go, unfortunately I don’t see that at the moment, the results are bad but just firing Nhumwa  won’t change a lot we need a clear pathway of what we need to do and how are we going to achieve that, “added  Fadzanai Mutimwi

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