|Born||June 19, 1969|
|Known for||Coaching the Warriors|
Charles Mhlauri is one of Zimbabwe's most eminent soccer coaches who had a successful stint with CAPS United Football Club after winning back to back premier league titles. He is only the second coach in the country's football history to have guided the national side to the Africa Cup of Nations after Sunday Chidzambwa. He is also a farmer and entrepreneur.
He attended Lukanyiso Primary School from grade 1 to grade 5. He relocated to Mashonaland in 1980 where he attended a predominantly Shona school. After successful completion of 'A' level he attended Solusi University for a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree.
Charles Mhlauri most glittering phase of his coaching career was arguably with CAPS United Football Club. Mhlauri's stint at the green machine coincided with the arrival of Twine Phiri and Farai Jere as the news owners of the club. This saw the club rising dramatically to become one of the most dominant in the local football circles. Under Mhlauri, Makepekepe clinched back to back titles with an all-conquering side that had the likes of Cephas Chimedza, Brian Badza, Raymond Undi, Leonard Tsipa and Zambian international, Ian Bakala just to mention a few. After Mhlauri's stint at the helm of the green machine, he was appointed head coach of the warriors which saw him successfully guiding them to the Africa Cup of Nations. He has also coached at various American universities such as Dartmouth, Bowdoin University and Franklin Pierce University
Career as a Player
Mhlauri began his football career with Zimbabwe Saints Football Club where he played for the Under 12 Team before playing for other division ones teams. Below is a list of some of the clubs he featured for:
- Zimbabwe Saints Juniors - 1980-1986
- Zimbabwe Saints Reserves (Premier Soccer League Team) - 1986
- Zimbabwe Republic Police (Rosscamp) Division Two - 1987
- Dairibord F.C. Division One - 1988
- Solusi University men's soccer team as a student
- Zimbabwe Sun Rovers Division One - 1990.
Football Coaching Qualifications
- Elementary Coaching Certificate - 1990
- Intermediate Coaching Certificate - 1993
- Advanced Coaching Certificate - 1994
- German Coaching Certificate - 1999
- International Coaching Course Certificate (Faculty of Sports Sciences at University of Leipzig, Germany) - 2003
- DFB (German Football Association) Soccer Coaching A-Licence - 2003
- German Language Certificate - 2003
- International DFB-Coaching Certificate - 2006.
- Twice, 2000 and 2001 Amazulu FC finished second on the league table with Mhlauri as their head coach.
- Mhlauri was voted the best football coach in Zimbabwe in 2000 season.
- He has won various cups at club level and international level.
- 2004 CAPS United Football Club became champions in the Castle Lager Premiership with Mhlauri as their head coach and also won the Buddie Challenge Cup and Zifa Unity Cup - and so became the first ever team to complete a treble in one season
- On top of this Mhlauri was voted football coach of the year 2004 and Mailnet coach of the year 2004.
- 2005 Mhlauri, the Warriors coach, became only the third coach to win the COSAFA Castle Cup when Zimbabwe beat Zambia 1-0 in the final played in Mmabatho, South Africa on 13 August.
- 2005 Under the leadership of Mhlauri the Warriors qualified for the African Cup of Nations 2006 in Egypt.
- 2005 CAPS United won the championship for the second successive year with Charles as their head coach.
Mhlauri has a poultry business near Bulawayo that in March 2019 was producing 8,000 eggs a day for sale. He also runs a soccer academy called CM international from the United States.