Raymond Jaravaza/ Nhlanhla Mbele
BULAWAYO City are alive to the threat of relegation once again from the Premier Soccer League and to that end have handed coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube a performance-based one-year contract to save the team from the chop.
His task is simply to keep the team in the Premiership in 2020.
The team makes a return to the top-flight league after a year in the trenches of First Division football.
“Ncube has been given a one-year performance-based contract with his immediate task to keep the team in the Premier Soccer League at the end of the 2020 season. “In the process of maintaining our Premiership status, he has been tasked with building a formidable side for the year 2021 and going forward,” said club public relations officer Thandiwe Moyo.
Bulawayo City held trials at a local school that attracted over 80 players who will be trimmed to only a handful that impressed the technical team.
Meanwhile, team manager Eddie Chivero will continue in his role for the upcoming season contrary to reports suggesting that he had been fired by the Bulawayo City Council-sponsored club.
“Chivero is still our team manager. Who told you that he was fired? Nothing has changed and he still remains employed by the club,” club chairman Jerry Sibanda said matter-of-factly.
Word from the Bulawayo City power corridors is that some executive members want Chivero relieved of his duties due to his perceived “interests in internal Zifa squabbles” that are threatening to tear apart the national football motherbody.
“Some executive members feel that he is too involved in Zifa squabbles and that the club might ultimately get caught between fights pitting Zifa president Felton Kamambo and Cosafa president Philip Chiyangwa,” said a source.
On his part Chivero says he is an employee of Bulawayo City and serves only the interests of the club.
“I’m nowhere near Zifa affairs nor do I have vested interests in whatever is happening at the association. Bulawayo City is where I belong and I will continue to work hard together with my boss Jerry Sibanda and the entire executive to transform the club into a force to be reckoned with,” said Chivero.