Mangwiro bounces back at CAPS


HARARE – Taurai Mangwiro on Tuesday appeared to have made a dramatic U-turn on his decision to quit as CAPS United coach and will now continue as Makepekepe gaffer after talks with the team’s management were successful.

Mangwiro announced his decision to quit the Green Machine on Sunday following his team’s 3-1 defeat away to Shabanie Mine, citing poor working conditions.

The gaffer had maintained that he stepped down to escape the poisoned working environment at the club, worsened by elements in the management who, in his words, were working behind the scenes to ensure his downfall.

But on Tuesday Mangwiro surprisingly appeared at the team’s training grounds at Danny Bismarck where he held a short meeting with the team’s president Twine Phiri and chief executive Joe Makuvire before addressing players after the morning workout session.

Before Mangwiro’s arrival, assistant coach Saul Chaminuka and goalkeepers’ coach Brenna Msiska took charge of the training session.   

Mangwiro, however, played down his presence at the team’s training ground saying negotiations with club chiefs are underway and will only comment afterwards.

“The president (Phiri) and CEO (Makuvire) have been in touch and that’s why I am here. We will hold a meeting with the management to discuss my grievances then I can give a comment. For now things remain the same,” Mangwiro said.

Although Mangwiro played down his presence yesterday, club president Phiri revealed that they are working towards giving the coach a new long term contract to stay at the club.

Mangwiro had been working without a contract for the past three months following the expiry of his initial deal, which also triggered his resignation.

“To the club Tau never resigned. I think we have made it clear that he remains the coach and he was here working today,” Phiri told the Daily News.

“We are working out something. We have always wanted to give him a contract. It’s only unfortunate that I can’t discuss this in public. Contract issues are highly confidential because it’s his personal life.  

“When he lost 3-1 to Shabanie Mine, he never took it lightly. That’s what he told me. He was not expecting such a heavy defeat, it shocked him and you know football is a game of emotions.

“When I spoke to him he said he said he never handed in a resignation letter and he is willing to continue working. We have got big plans with my technical team. If Alex Ferguson can stay for that long at Manchester United then let Tau be our own version of Ferguson.”

CAPS were firmly in the title race until weekend’s defeat to Shabanie. They are now fifth on the log table with 36 points from 23 rounds of action, six points behind leaders Dynamos with seven matches remaining.

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