LLOYD Chitembwe who Monday left CAPS United — having pulled the Harare giants one point within the top of the log — to join a team fighting relegation has moved away from CAPS United along with his backroom staff.
Harare City scored big by securing the services of assistant coach Nelson Matongorere, a day after enticing Chitembwe from the title chasing Harare giants.
Fungai Tostao Kwashi who was assistant to Chitembwe at CAPS United last season, has reunited with Chitembwe as the former CAPS United striker comes in as a second assistant coach.
Goalkeeper’s coach Richard Tswatswa also forms part of Chitembwe’s technical team.
Chitembwe has diplomatically poured cold water on claims that he moved away from United due to an acrimonious relationship with club Vice President Nhamo Tutisani.
He also insisted that money was not a motivator.
“It’s not about money but about new challenges,” Chitembwe said.
“I have achieved what I wanted to achieve at Caps United, winning the league title and getting into the African champions league mini league phase. I want to start new challenges,”he added.
Makepekepe president Farai Jere told state media yesterday that Chitembwe left amicably.
“Contrary to all the negative stories that we have been seeing on social media, we want to make it clear that this was something that happened because the coach felt he needed another challenge and he was excited with taking a fresh challenge at this time of his career,” Jere told the Herald.
“Clearly, Harare City dangled a deal which, if the figures we have seen being circulated are anything to go by, was something we could not match even though our primary objective was to keep Lloyd as our head coach.”
He continued: “It happens in football, now and again, and we have seen it all over the world and what we want to assure our Green Machine family is that the club remains intact and we will be meeting with the remaining members of the technical team and the players so that we give them an idea of our vision for the club going forward.”
However, inside sources at CAPS United claim strained relations with vice president Nhamo Tutisani pushed Chitembwe away.
Harare City have been without a head coach since Englishman, Mark Harrison, resigned.
Ironically, Zim Morning Post understands Harrison was pushed out with Harare City deliberately delaying in renewing Harrison’s work permit which expired at the end of June.
“The executive no longer wanted Harrison because the results were not forthcoming, just like last season when he had so many draws. So they just waited for his work permit to expire. When he enquired about it, he was told unconvincing answers leading to his resignation,” an impeccable source told Zim Morning Post.
“Harare City had anticipated that Lloyd Chitembwe was going to quit CAPS United and come in as a replacement. Everything seemed on course as fissures widened between Chitembwe and CAPS United vice president Nhamo Tutisani with Chitembwe going on to be being absent from work but they could not agree on some finer details.
“One of the stumbling blocks was the status of assistant coach Mark Mathe whom the club felt should stay while Chitembwe wanted his own as the two didn’t have a smooth working relationship at CAPS United before.”