Chitembwe tears into Highlanders says clubs lacks ethics and professionalism

  • Former CAPS United coach blasts Highlanders for withholding CHAN provisionally selected players says move smacks of sabotage

Warriors assistant Coach Lloyd Chitembwe has come out guns blazing at Highlanders Football Club for withholding their players from joining the 2020 African Nations Championship (Chan) training camp.

Highlanders FC advised that striker Prince Dube, goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda and defender Peter Muduwa will report for camp after the Castle Challenge Cup tie against FC Platinum this weekend.

The move did not go down well with Chitembwe who felt coaches were undermining the authority of the national team ahead of the Chan tournament in Cameroon from April 4 to 25.

“I am very disappointed with what Highlanders did. I think we should be professional and ethical,” Chitembwe fumed after Wednesday’s training session in Harare.

I do not think that this could have happened if it was me, (Tonderai) Ndiraya or (Norman) Mapeza. I personally feel that coaches are becoming too powerful,” Chitembwe added, falling short of saying the Bulawayo side was sabotaging the Croat on his first assignment.

Interestingly, while Highlanders withheld their players on grounds that they were preparing for their clash with FC Platinum, their opponents gave their players the green light to attend the Warriors’ camp.

However, Zim Morning Post established that FC Platinum players will travel to Zvishavane tonight ahead of the Saturday encounter.

Meanwhile, Warriors coach Zdravko Logarušic appreciated Wednesday’s training session which included a clash against against Dynamos.

The Croat felt the encounter provided him and his technical team an opportunity to assess the arsenal he has at his disposal.

“The point was to have an opportunity to assess players. Dynamos  gave us a good game and it  really opened where we need to work on,” said the Croat.