HARARE - ZPC Kariba coach Sunday Chidzambwa has hailed the standard of the Castle Lager Premiership ahead of his team’s clash against Tsholotsho this afternoon at Nyamhunga Stadium.
Chidzambwa said although there is a big difference since he last managed in the top flight 16 years ago, he was particularly impressed by the standard of football exhibited in the league.
The former Dynamos coach was appointed ZPC coach last month, replacing Saul Chaminuka, and took charge of his first match when his side went down 1-0 to Triangle Gibbo Stadium last weekend.
Chidzambwa had exited the Premiership on September 5, 1999 following Dynamos’ 2-0 defeat to Tunisia’s Esperance in an African Champions League match at the National Sports Stadium.
He went on to coach the Zimbabwe national team and was later banned for life for his involvement in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal but later bounced back when the ban was lifted.
Chidzambwa, one of the most respected local coaches, also had a stint in the South Africa Premiership league with Black Leopards, before ending his coaching stay in the South African National First Division in 2013.
And as his team prepares to face struggling Tsholotsho at home, Chidzambwa pours praises on local coaches for the disciplined performances.
“I think there is a huge difference now as compared to the previous days when I used to coach locally,” he said.
“You find most good players are going to play outside. Not to say we have bad players now.
“I think the coaches are doing a brilliant job. The way the teams are playing is evident the coaches are in touch with new dynamics in the game.”
On their game against Tsholotsho Chidzambwa said: “Basically, we always prepare hard for every match. We always look forward to win in every game that we play but football being football anything is possible. I have never seen Tsholotsho play but I think they are a good side and we need to be at our best to collect maximum points.”