BULAWAYO Chiefs’ new head coach Nilton Terroso, a Portuguese national, arrived in Bulawayo on Thursday to take over from fired Thulani “Thuts” Sibanda.
Sibanda parted ways with Chiefs in mid-September, a development that saw former CAPS United and Highlanders coach Mark Mathe temporarily taking charge.
Sibanda and his assistants, Effort Murindagumo and Zivanai Chivanzi, were booted out of Chiefs in a shock move after assembling a formidable side that played in the first-half of the Chibuku Super Cup in June.
“We are happy that the new head of our technical department has landed. We are looking forward to having a very fruitful relationship with him,” said Bulawayo Chiefs spokesperson Thulani “Javas” Sibanda.
Terroso worked under Manchester United manager Ole Solskjaer when he was in charge of Cardiff City in 2014.
Chiefs have been keeping the identity of their incoming coach a secret while working on his work permit. Terroso is a citizen of Portugal and Canada.
Meanwhile, ZPC Kariba will on Sunday take on Harare City at Baobab Stadium in Mhondoro in a rescheduled Chibuku Super Cup tie.
The venue of the match is Baobab Stadium due to the unavailability of the National Sports Stadium in Harare. Kick-off time is at 11am.
The fixture will be played on Sunday when other clubs will be on a break.
The match between the two sides was postponed on 28 June to allow players and officials that had tested Covid-19 positive to complete isolation with the cup contest only making a return over a week ago.
The Chibuku Super Cup was suspended in July following a spike in Covid-19 cases, which forced the Sports and
Recreation Commission (SRC) to put the tournament on hold, with some games postponed as clubs concerned had been hit by the pandemic.
Reports suggested that five members of the ZPC Kariba technical staff tested positive following a round of tests. The match was rescheduled to 7 July, but a spike in Covid-19 cases led to a lockdown and suspension of sporting activities.
Clubs resumed training on 2 September with others like Highlanders delaying by two weeks.
What has been evident is that players are rusty, their fitness levels are low and clubs are still working on combinations.
The 2021 Chibuku Super Cup was modified to move away from the traditional knockout tournament into a mini-league competition.
The competition consists of four localised groups, with pool matches being played on a home and away basis to allow clubs to play more games.
All Group One matches are being played at the National Sports Stadium while Group Two matches are played at Barbourfields Stadium. Sakubva Stadium in Mutare has been the venue for Group Three games while Mandava
Stadium in Zvishavane has been the venue for Group Four matches.
The winners of the competition will represent Zimbabwe in the Caf Confederation Cup.
Winners of the 2021 Chibuku Super Cup will get US$75 000 in prize money paid in Zimbabwean currency at the prevailing official rate on the day.
Runners-up will walk away with US$50 000 and the two losing semi-finalists will each get US$25 000 while losing quarter-finalists will get US$15 000.
The 10 teams that will fail to go past the group stages will each receive US$7 000.