Sunday Chidzambwa

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Sunday Chidzambwa
Sunday Chidzambwa, Zimbabwean Soccer Coach
Sunday Chodzambwa
BornSunday Marimo
(1952-05-04) May 4, 1952 (age 67)
Chivhu, Mashonaland East Province
NationalityZimbabwean
Occupation
  • Soccer Coach
  • Sports Personality
Notable work
RelativesMisheck Chidzambwa

Sunday "Mhofu" Chidzambwa is the former Warriors' coach and captain. Sunday is counted among the top footballers to ever emerge out of Zimbabwe. He has worked extensively in footballing circles including coaching Dynamos and made a historic qualification to the Africa Cup of Nations. He also coached in the South African Premier League. He was the first coach to take the Zimbabwe National Soccer Team to the AFCON finals held in Tunisia in 2004.

Background

Sunday Chidzambwa was born on May 4, 1952 in Chivhu and his brother Misheck Chidzambwa was also an eminent footballer as well as a coach locally.[1]

Football career

Sunday played for Dynamos Football Club locally under which he was nicknamed "Mhofu". His career at Dynamos was arguably the zenith of his footballing career as he captained Dynamos Football Club to five league titles.[2] He is also reckoned as one of the best defenders to have played for the National team and Dynamos. Chidzambwa was part of the national side that played a world cup qualifying match in 1989.[2]

Coaching career

Chidzambwa did not only make a name for himself by captaining Dynamos to five league titles but also coached the glamour boys to an impressive seven league titles making him the most decorated Dynamos coach in club history.[3] It has also been argued that the pinnacle of Chidzambwa's glittering coaching career was when he coached Dembare all the way to the final of the African Champions League in 1998 where they lost under very controversial circumstances. Chidzambwa's exploits in the Champions League are the more impressive considering that they are yet to be emulated, the closest someone ever came to reaching the finals of the African Champions League was when the David Mandigora coached Dynamos was knocked out in the semi finals by Cotton Sport of Cameroon.[3] Chidzambwa's coaching career at national level is also exceptional in that he coached the national team to their first ever Africa Cup of nations appearance in Tunisia as well as guiding the warriors to two of their four COSAFA titles.[3]. He also coached ZPC Kariba in the local Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League from 2015 to 2017. He is arguably the most successful coach in with the Warriors after guiding them to 3 COSAFA Cup titles and 2 AFCON appearances.

Coaching Career in South Africa

  • Black Leopards from May 2012 to October 2012
  • Black Leopards from October 2010 to October 2011
  • Free State Stars from May 2010 to September 2010
  • Umtata Bush Bucks for the 2004 season

Scandal

Chidzambwa was banned for life from any footballing activity for his alleged involvement in the Asiagate Scandal which rocked the Zimbabwean football scene in which key players and senior administrators were banned, suspended and reprimanded for match-fixing allegations.

Resigning From Coaching The Warriors

On 24 July 2019, Sunday resigned from coaching the Warriors. Sunday resigned amid a sea of speculative reasons chief among them the story that was circulating in soccer circles that ZIFA was set to dismiss his technical team soon after the CHAN game against Mauritius that was played in July 2019. [4]


References

  1. Sunday Chidzambwa, Football Coach World Ranking, Retrieved: November 20, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sunday Marimo, Zim Legends, Retrieved: November 20, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Chidzambwa: Fall of the ultimate hero, Daily News, Published: October 25, 2012, Retrieved: November 20, 2014
  4. Reason Behind Sunday Chidzambga’s Sudden Departure Revealed Published: 25 July 2019, Retrieved 14 August 2019 https://news.pindula.co.zw/2019/07/25/reason-behind-sunday-chidzambgas-sudden-departure-revealed/