ZVISHAVANE – Taurai Mangwiro has quit as CAPS United coach after his team's 3-1 loss to Shabanie Mine at Maglas Stadium in a Castle Premiership match on Sunday.
Mangwiro had been on edge since pouring out his heart to the Daily News last week saying that he had gone for three months without a salary at the club.
He also pointed out at a number of outstanding issues that were happening at the club behind the scenes that were hampering his day to day duties.
Mangwiro was close to tears after yesterday’s match when he revealed that has been forced out of the club by some elements who perceive that they have “greener blood” than everyone else at the club.
“It’s not an emotional decision that I have made. I have not made this decision because I have lost to Shabanie but it’s because I have thought about it thoroughly and I have just decided to announce it today,” a close to tears Mangwiro told reporters after yesterday’s match.
Mangwiro, who playing for Dynamos during his playing career, said despite the hard work he has done for United, a number of people at the club have failed to fully trust him due to his past links with the Glamour Boys.
“The last few weeks have been difficult. I have tried to get the executive for a meeting but it did not bear fruit and there was only blame game and witch hunting,” he said.
“CAPS has a number of former sons who I believe can do the job better because I have taken a lot of criticism for being a former Dynamos player when I have given everything for this club.
“I have tried my best under difficult conditions but I have decided to move. I don’t have a plan B or any team that has approached me.
“It’s better to let the team move on and I also move on."
Mangwiro said he was virtually running the club alone together with his assistants while there has been nominal support from the executive.
The resignation by mangwiro exposes the problems that have been simmering at the club since last month.
Squad moral has been rock bottom at the club since the players went on a strike last month over unpaid salaries.
The players further angered the club bosses after they approached former CAPS director Farai Jere hoping that the Harare businessman might come to their rescue.
Mangwiro’s resignation is a further indictment to CAPS owner Twine Phiri, who is also the Castle Premiership chairperson.
The United coach's resignation, however, was the talking point after the match. Even Shabanie Mine coach Luke Masomere tried to reason with Mangwiro to change his mind but to no avail.
Outside the stadium, hundreds of United supporters pleaded with Mangwiro but he said he would not change his decision.
Turning to yesterday’s match, Caps united struggled in the early stages of the first half where they lacked to impose themselves in the midfield with Brian Mapfumo and Tawanda Munyanduri off the pace.
Shabanie enjoyed a lot of possession in midfield where veteran Tafadzwa Mombeshora was combining well with Frank Bushiri.
Upfront, Pervington Zimunya, Tarisai Rukanda and Caleb Masocha were troubling the United defence everytime Shabanie went forward.
Shabanie finally broke the deadlock five minutes halftime after they were awarded a penalty following a handball by CAPS defender Arnold Chivheya inside the box.
Zimunya stepped up to send Tafadzwa Dube the wrong from 12 yards.
After the break, Zimunya doubled the lead for Shabanie in the 64th minute with a long range effort that Dube fumbled into his own net.
Zimunya went from hero to villain after he was given a second yellow card by referee Mokonese Masakadza for his over the top celebration after his second goal.
Shabanie, however, increased their lead despite being a man shot in the 66th minute when Caleb Masocha headed home from a William Ngonya cross.
United pulled one goal back in the 80th minute when they were awarded a penalty of their own after Ngonya had hacked down Benson Maglas in the box.
Substitute Moses Muchenje took the responsibility and sent Victor Twaliki the wrong way.