PATIENCE is a virtue, but the football industry thinks otherwise, especially where coaches are involved.
Footballers lose form yet remain at their clubs for years, but it is not so with coaches. Every day, football managers are sacked. While the players are given the carrot, the coaches get the stick. Hiring and firing coaches in football is an ugly trend that we feel must stop.
Whether experienced or not, coaches are quickly shown the exit when team results take a nose dive.
Such was the case in Botswana when one of Zimbabwe’s esteemed mentors Rahman Rush Gumbo, a former Highlanders and Warriors coach was recently fired by Sua Flamingoes. He is now with Morupule Wanderers on a two-year contract.
Morupule Wanders confirmed Gumbo’s arrival in a statement last week Thursday.
Morupule, who are seventh on the log, backed Gumbo, who has a wealth of experience coaching at a higher level in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Botswana, to bring success to the club.
Gumbo started his job at Morupule last weekend with a 2-1 win over Mogoditshane after having found his new paymasters on position eight with 11 points.
But it is at Sua Flamingoes that Gumbo, better known as Rush, got a dent on his otherwise impressive CV.
After getting in charge of nine games at Flamingoes before the Christmas break, Gumbo saw his then charges post three wins and six defeats in nine matches.
This means from a possible 27 points, under Gumbo, who also coached Motor Action and CAPS United in Zimbabwe, Sua Flamingoes collected nine.
The club had managed to score eight goals against 11 which points out that Gumbo left the club on a negative goal difference of 3. In his last match in charge played on 21 December last year, Rush watched his charges go down 1-0 at the hands of Police XI and with a form guide that read, L W D L L.
This points to the fact that in his last five games at Sua Flamingoes dugout, Gumbo was able to amass a worrying four points from a possible 15, a development that translates to a 26 percent success rate.
Therefore, with the low success rate, it is no wonder that Flamingoes Rush-ED Gumbo to the exit.
In his second match in charge of early relegation candidates, Mogoditshane, Gumbo and his men will lock horns against 13 placed Prisons XI Gaborone.