TOO many cooks spoil the broth!
CASTLE Lager Premier Soccer League returnees Bulawayo City have gone for broke in their preparations for the coming season.
Amakhosi will reportedly have a bloated technical team amid revelations that head coach Philani “Beefy Ncube will have Farai Tawachera, Golding Dube and Johannes Ngodzo as his assistants.
As they prime their assault on the 2020 title, the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) bankrolled side has also roped in former Highlanders captain Simba Rusike to be the club’s performance analyst.
Rusike and Ncube worked together at the now defunct How Mine.
“Simba Rusike was roped in by our head coach Philani Ncube. At the moment I can’t confirm his (Rusike’s) position. Rusike was asked to come and help the club with regards to some technical aspects of the game,” said Bulawayo City public relations officer Thandiwe Moyo.
“Johannes Ngodzo is in charge of one of our junior teams. However, the head coach can actually ask him to come and help out in the first team. The other coaches in charge of our junior teams are Gift Lunga (Jnr), Innocent Mapuranga and Bruce Tshuma,” said Moyo.
Unheralded Daniel Khumalo is the goalkeepers coach at a club that now has ex-Warriors midfielder Ronald “Gidiza” Sibanda as team manager.
Sibanda took over from Eddie Chivero amid word that the latter has been reassigned to the position of liaison officer.
The city of Bulawayo will pour $11 million into Bulawayo City Football Club for the 2020 season.
While the Bulawayo budget is yet to be approved by the Government, BCC have reportedly set aside $11 million for funding Bulawayo City, a move that has divided councillors and rate payers.
This is at a time when residents are going for days without water, having refuse not collected on time while their cars are also getting damaged by roads which are in a deplorable state in the country’s second largest city.
Nesisa Mpofu, the council’s senior public relations officer indicated that last year, $720 000 was allocated to Bulawayo City while this year, Government is still yet to give the green light on how council funds would be used.
“On average a disbursement of $60 000 was made each month totalling to $720 000 for the year 2019. The Council Budget for 2020 is awaiting Government approval,” Mpofu was recently quoted as saying.
According to Mpofu, the council is the sole provider of funding to Bulawayo City, with talks with potential sponsors to ease the burden on the rate payers under way.
“Council is the sole sponsor and negotiations are at an advanced stage to get an alternative sponsor for the football team so as to lessen the sponsorship burden on rate payers and should that happen, we will inform the residents of these developments. Already a playing kit has been sourced from a sponsor in the United Kingdom,’’ she said.