LLOYD Chitembwe has bulldozed his way to becoming the highest-paid football coach in Zimbabwe after signing a lucrative two-and-a-half year contract with Harare City.
Zim Morning Post can report that Chitembwe will take home a monthly salary of ZWL$20 000 after tax, more than double that of FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza who enjoyed the position of highest-paid coach for a considerable amount of time.
Chitembwe will also receive at least 200 litres of fuel per week, translating to 800 litres a month, as well as a generous winning bonus of ZWL$3 500 a match.
A residential stand in the leafy suburb of Borrowdale is also part of the deal. Harare City will also foot Chitembwe’s children school fees as well as his immediate accommodation.
Nelson Matongorere who crossed over to City a day after Chitembwe joined the Sunshine Boys will take hme a monthly salary of Z$8000, a massive improvement from what he earned at United.
Impeccable insiders said the council run football club tabled an offer which Chitembwe culd not resist.
“It was a kind of offer in which if you refuse you will have marital problems at home,” the insider wittingly suggested.
“Remember Harare City have for a long time been trying and failing to get Chitembwe. Plus their position on the log has also left them desperate. In as much as he loved CAPS United but sometimes you have to look out for the interests of your family. The club allowed him to go because they could not match Harare City’s offer.”
In an earlier interview with state media, CAPS United club president Farai Jere insisted they could not match Harare City’s financial muscle.
“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,” Jere said.