NEWLY-APPOINTED Shabanie Mine head coach John Phiri has roped in former AmaZulu hardman Vorster Chitemu as his second assistant coach, it can be revealed.
Chitemu, worked with Phiri at Zifa Central Soccer League side Town United last season where he was assistant coach and he has the same portfolio at Shabanie Mine replacing Elvis Muuya who parted ways with Shabanie Mine at the start of the year. In the new set-up, Chitemu will be second to Arnold Jani, the first assistant coach.
Confirming Chitemu’s arrival at the Chinda Boys yesterday, Phiri said the former AmaZulu centre-half will bring in a wealth of experience to the club.
“Yes, Vorster is now part of our technical department as the second assistant coach. He brings in a lot of experience to the club considering that he has played in the Champions League before. I have worked with him before and I do not doubt his credentials,” he said.
Yesterday the Zvishavane side concluded trials to identify new players in light of a massive player exodus reportedly looming at the club. Tarisai Rukanda, Pervington Zimunya, Roy Mazingi, Blessed Mbavarira and Valentine Ndaba have already left the club.
Other senior players who are said to be on their way out are Smart Muchabaiwa, Caleb Masocha, Fungai Chirinda, Tafadzwa Mombeshora and goalkeeper Victor Twaliki. Phiri said over 40 players had turned out at Maglas Stadium for trials which kicked off on Friday last week.
The nomadic gaffer was, however, not at liberty to reveal some of the big names that had shown interest in joining the asbestos miners.